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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

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Open Society Voices

The Value of Freedom

December 20, 2011 | Zulaika Esentaeva

A self-advocacy group for people with mental disabilities in Kyrgyzstan offers hope within a society that typically stigmatizes them.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender: Human Rights Are Human Rights

December 16, 2011 | David Scamell

A landmark report by the UN Commissioner for Human Rights documents serious human rights abuses against sexual and gender minorities worldwide.

Preventing Drug Overdose Is Key in Fight Against AIDS

December 12, 2011 | Roxanne Saucier

For many people living with HIV, the risk of overdose presents a more imminent threat than AIDS-related illness. Despite this fact, donors and governments are slow to adopt overdose prevention measures as part of their AIDS programs. It's time for a wake-up call.

Humanitarian Aid and Human Rights Defense in Central Asia

December 5, 2011 | Cosmina Marian
In this interview Jacqueline Hale, senior policy analyst for EU External Relations at the Brussels office of the Open Society Foundations, talks about the work of the Foundations in Central Asia.

Actions, Not Words, in Uzbekistan

November 4, 2011 | Jeff Goldstein

Why do American officials believe, against all the evidence, that Uzbek strongman Islom Karimov is serious when he says he wants to introduce democratic reforms?

The Life and Death of Detainees in Kyrgyzstan

October 13, 2011 | Masha Lisitsyna

Widespread use of torture, deaths in police custody, dismal prison conditions—it's time for Kyrgyzstan to take action on the rampant abuses within its justice system.

Kyrgyzstan Must Respect Promise to Disabled

October 4, 2011 | Kate Lapham

Disability in Kyrgyzstan, like the rest of Central Asia, is stigmatizing. But thanks to the public advocacy efforts of local organizations as well as disabled people themselves, attitudes are beginning to shift.

The Global Fund at a Crossroads: Recommendations for the Next Five Years

September 23, 2011 | Shannon Kowalski

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is set to review recommendations that, if adopted, could fundamentally change the way the Global Fund does business.

Renewing Kyrgyzstan’s South

September 22, 2011 | Tynymgul Eshieva

This year the UN Development Program, with support from the Soros Foundation–Kyrgyzstan, launched 117 projects to help revitalize Kyrgyzstan's South. We traveled there to see the projects firsthand and meet with participants.

How the Internet Changed the Face of a Tragedy in Turkmenistan

August 4, 2011 | Masha Feiguinova

After a deadly explosion killed more than 1,300 people in infamously repressive Turkmenistan, citizen journalism not only broke, but also challenged, the official version of the news.