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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera
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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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Pakistan’s Courts Need to Do More to Acknowledge Mental Illness

November 28, 2017 | Rimmel Mohydin

Khizar Hayat faces a death sentence for murder in Pakistan—despite being a victim of schizophrenia.

In the Crosshairs, Syria’s Doctors Are Still Saving Lives—and Bearing Witness

April 18, 2017 | Donna McKay

Chemical agents and attacks on hospitals have become horrific weapons of war in the ongoing conflict. But doctors are being trained to document atrocities like these—so that war criminals can one day be held to account.

A Flourishing in the Deserts of Afghanistan. But for How Long?

February 21, 2017 | David Mansfield

A photo exhibition looks at the human stories driving a tenuous environmental revolution in Afghanistan.

The Lebanese Nationality Law That Leaves Children Stateless

January 11, 2017 | Christine Chamoun

A generation of children will grow up without a country because Lebanese mothers with foreign-born husbands cannot pass on their nationality to their children.

The Stabilizing Power of School for Children with Disabilities in Pakistan

January 4, 2017 | Faisal Bari

Pakistan’s inclusive education programs are still in the pilot stage, but provincial governments hope to scale them up in the coming years.

As Executions Surge in Pakistan, One Group Works to Protect Death Row’s Most Vulnerable

December 14, 2016 | Samina Naz

Pakistan is putting hundreds to death, including people with mental illnesses. Shifting public opinion could change that.

In Tunisia, 62,000 Voices Call Out for Justice

December 12, 2016 | Salwa El Gantri

After half a century of human rights abuses, Tunisians are finally getting answers.

Why Breaking the Silence Needs the Right to Keep Silent

October 24, 2016 | Daniel Simons

An Israeli rights group used testimony from soldiers to bring to light abuses in Gaza and the occupied West Bank; now it is under legal pressure to expose its sources.

How Israel Bombs Gaza with Impunity

October 17, 2016 | Yael Stein

When innocent civilians were killed, the military absolved its soldiers of wrongdoing—or declined to investigate at all.

How the Israeli Military’s “Justice” System Shields an Illegal Occupation

June 29, 2016 | Hagai El-Ad

The farcical process not only fails to achieve justice for Palestinians killed or harmed by Israeli soldiers—it lends a sheen of false legitimacy to the occupation itself.

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