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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

Open Society Voices

Justice Denied

September 12, 2014 | Martin Schoenteich

Each year some 15 million people around the world spend time locked up in prison cells and detention centers while they await trial.

Why the Overuse of Pretrial Detention Is an Overlooked Human Rights Crisis

September 12, 2014 | Martin Schoenteich

Every year, millions find themselves behind bars, awaiting trial on criminal charges—victims of what is perhaps the most overlooked human rights crisis of our time: the overuse of pretrial detention.

In South Africa, a Lesson in Equality 40 Years in the Making

September 9, 2014 | Hugh McLean

In South Africa, 75 percent of the country’s young people are in poorly performing and under-resourced schools, perpetuating a system of social and economic inequality. One grassroots movement is working to change this.

What Does Independent Journalism Look Like in the Digital Age?

September 2, 2014 | Marius Dragomir, Mark Thompson

Journalists and media organizations can find themselves repressed because of inadequate or deliberately repressive policy. Mapping Digital Media examines the situation in 56 countries.

Case Watch: Who Killed Deyda Hydara?

August 13, 2014 | Rupert Skilbeck

West Africa's regional court has delivered a stinging rebuke against the Gambian National Intelligence Agency for having failed to properly investigate the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara in December 2004.

Making Progress on Freedom of Information in Africa

August 13, 2014 | Chidi Odinkalu, Maxwell Kadiri

Thirteen African nations now have freedom of information laws on books; the challenge now is implementation.

How Drug Trafficking Undermines West Africa

July 30, 2014 | Kasia Malinowska

The rise of drug trafficking is undermining institutions, health, and development efforts in West Africa. It's time for political leaders to change the ineffective policies that exacerbate the problem.

End AIDS by 2030? Not at This Rate

July 23, 2014 | Ralf Jürgens

Less than one percent of global AIDS funding goes toward human rights work, even though we know it is critical to ending AIDS.

Ensure Space for Civil Society at the U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit

July 22, 2014 | Peter Chapman, Jeggan Grey-Johnson

If U.S. and African governments are serious about using the summit to foster meaningful trade and development, civil society must be afforded a seat at the table.

How Police Can Arrest the Spread of HIV

July 18, 2014 | Sanjay Patil

Across the globe, HIV rates are climbing among sex workers and people who use drugs. A novel approach to law enforcement is changing that.

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