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Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017Aryeh Neier

Open Society Voices

Latin America & the Caribbean

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Virtual, Inclusive, and Strong: How a Youth Group Brings Disability Rights Mainstream

December 1, 2017 | Kimberly O’Haver

An emerging youth group in Latin America is advocating for human rights with creative, innovative, and tech-savvy methods. What lessons can advocates elsewhere in the world draw from their example?

Putting Rio de Janeiro’s Maré on the Map

November 16, 2017 | Sarah Evans

For decades, Maré, Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, was impossible to find on a map. But thanks in part to a local development association, its residents aren’t invisible anymore—and are ready to defend their human rights.

Why Dirty Money Is a Feminist Issue

November 2, 2017 | Virginia Rodríguez, Corina Rodríguez Enríquez

Their connection to feminism may not be obvious, but issues such as tax evasion and money laundering are ultimately about women’s rights. Because when austerity and inequality combine, it’s women and girls who suffer.

“Gender Ideology” Is a Fiction That Could Do Real Harm

August 29, 2017 | Michelle Gallo

Political forces opposed to the rights of women and LGBTI people have a new rhetorical weapon. But even if “gender ideology” is a made-up concept, it could still be used to undo many recent and hard-won gains.

The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

August 4, 2017 | Naomi Burke-Shyne

The Schedule 1 drug law classification used by the United Kingdom and the United States slows scientific knowledge and human progress in the name of a discredited approach to regulating drugs.

Ending Latin America’s Crisis of Avoidable Pain

August 3, 2017 | Gabriela B. de Luca

Decades of failed drug policies have turned many patients in Latin America into collateral damage. States must do more to ensure people can get the palliative care they need.

Q&A: The Unjust Trial of Diego Gómez and the Necessity of Open Access

July 31, 2017

The story of the biologist—who is facing possible jail time simply for sharing a colleague’s research—is an unsettling reminder of why reforms to intellectual property laws are so desperately needed.

Q&A: Journalism and the Crisis in Venezuela

July 28, 2017

Investigative journalist and Armando.info cofounder Ewald Scharfenberg discusses the importance of holding governments accountable—especially during times of instability.

A New Campaign Against Latin America’s Epidemic of Homicide

May 23, 2017 | Michelle Marinho, Dandara Tinoco

To reduce the region’s terrible levels of violence, more than two-dozen Latin American organizations, across multiple countries, are banding together to create real policy solutions.

A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

May 4, 2017 | Constanza Sánchez Avilés, Andrea Langlois

A ruling in Catalonia opens the door to legitimizing ancestral use of the coca leaf.

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