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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

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

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Five Reasons Not to Use the Word “Slacktivism”

May 1, 2012 | Mary Joyce
Meta-Activism Project founder Mary Joyce argues that the slacktivism label is problematic and should be replaced with less derogatory terms like micro-activism or digital action.

Bagram Prison Inmates Deserve Clear Answers About Their Fates

April 30, 2012 | Christopher Rogers, Sarah Belal
The U.S. will turn over the political prisoners in Bagram prison to Afghanistan sometime in the next six months, but so far there are no clear answers about what happens to those prisoners, especially citizens of Pakistan.

Internet Heavyweights Get Behind Free Expression and Privacy Online

April 23, 2012 | David Sullivan
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! have taken an important step by undergoing independent assessments of their commitments to the freedom of expression and privacy rights of their users.

The Promise of a Post-Adiyala Pakistan

March 13, 2012 | Christopher Rogers, Kamran Arif
The Pakistan Supreme Court’s hearing on the Adiyala prisoners’ case may mark an important milestone. In the weeks since, enforced disappearances and illegal detentions have been discussed with an openness never seen before.

Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations, Part 2

March 12, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn
I previously expressed dismay and pessimism about the "progress" on LGBT rights at the United Nations. Unfortunately my fears were well-founded and the Human Rights Council debate on March 7 on the topic was a circus.

President Karzai and the “Secondary” Sex

March 9, 2012 | Rachel Reid
If a deal with the Taliban is to avoid dramatically shrinking the space for women's rights activists, it will require leadership from a president with the courage to recognize them as his equals.

Pictures of Atrocity: Turning Video Footage into Evidence of War Crimes

March 7, 2012 | Alison Cole

Footage being collected in Syria by smart phones and video cameras has the potential to provide documentation which could serve as critical evidence in future criminal trials.

The “Willy-Nilly” Drone Doctrine

March 1, 2012 | Erica Gaston, Christopher Rogers

The Obama Administration's closeted response to serious public concerns about its drone program does not befit its stated democratic values.

Anthony Shadid: Honesty in the Shadow of War

February 27, 2012 | Anthony Richter
Much has been written about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid in the weeks since his death at age 43 while on assignment in Syria. What I appreciated over the years was his honesty.

Case Watch: European Ruling Affirms the Rights of Migrants at Sea

February 27, 2012 | Simon Cox

By requiring states to guarantee human rights beyond their state´s territorial boundaries, Europe´s human rights court has upheld the primacy of fundamental rights and the rule of law.