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El Salvador’s Sky-High Murder Rate Is Creating a Humanitarian Crisis

November 22, 2016 | Celia Medrano

Gang violence is pushing death rates to levels on par with war-torn Syria, and displacing tens of thousands of people in the process.

In Kazakhstan, Having a Disability Often Means Not Getting a Vote

November 16, 2016 | Parkhat Yussupjanov

Obstacles as simple as a lack of braille ballots can prevent people from exercising their right to vote.

Washington Must Act Now, or Risk an ICC Torture Investigation

November 15, 2016 | James Goldston
The International Criminal Court's findings in Afghanistan underline the need for the United States to prosecute military and CIA personnel responsible for torture.

A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

How a Ritual Amazonian Brew Keeps Brazilian Traditions Alive

November 9, 2016 | José de Lima

At a recent conference, ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink made from plants in the Amazon, was hailed as a bridge between cultures, communities, and generations.

The Problem with Criminalizing Sex Workers’ Clients

November 9, 2016 | Sebastian Kohn

Kate McGrew, coordinator at Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, explains how labor rights can protect sex workers in ways criminalization can’t.

No One—Not Even the President—Can Declare Torture Lawful

October 31, 2016 | Baher Azmy

The Fourth Circuit just rendered the most definitive appellate court opinion proclaiming the illegality of torture since 9/11.

Congress Has a Chance to Restore—and Strengthen—the Voting Rights Act

October 26, 2016 | Julie Fernandes

Since it was gutted by the Supreme Court, evidence of voting discrimination has emerged. Two bills before congress could fix that.

Where Europe’s Migrants Wait

October 25, 2016 | Sara Prestianni

As authorities begin clearing France’s largest informal refugee camp, a photo series explores the “jungles” created by Europe’s dysfunctional migration policies.

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.

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