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Liberia’s Next Generation Finds Room to Grow

July 27, 2016 | Tina Hyder, Massa Crayton

Despite an array of life-threatening challenges, young children in Liberia are finding support in a country that’s making strides in early childhood development.

Ugandans Find a Reason to Vote in Their Rigged Elections

July 27, 2016 | Rita Nalumansi

Despite the questionable accuracy of the results, many Ugandans who voted in this year’s election felt they were casting a ballot in favor of democracy itself.

How an AIDS Conference Sidelined an At-Risk Population

July 19, 2016 | Shaun Shelly

Some of those most likely to contract HIV—particularly people who use drugs—are largely ignored at a major AIDS conference this week.

In Nigeria, Many Anticorruption Policies—and Lots of Corruption, Too

June 29, 2016 | Joseph Amenaghawon, Udo Jude Ilo

The president has made fighting corruption a top priority. Why is progress so slow?

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A Bid for Greater Transparency on Refugees

June 20, 2016 | Gabriella Guido

Italy’s detention and identification centers for arriving migrants are poorly monitored and shielded from public view.

Imprisonment of TB Patients Declared Unconstitutional in Kenya

May 20, 2016 | Allan Maleche, Timothy Wafula

The practice of incarcerating tuberculosis patients was rebuked by the country’s High Court, putting an end to a dangerous and inhumane practice.

African Feminists Mark Women’s Role in Shaping Their Continent’s Future

May 12, 2016 | Jessica Horn

At an inspiring meeting in Zimbabwe, over 160 women gathered to mark feminism’s leading role in creating a more progressive Africa.

New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

April 25, 2016 | Stanley Ibe

A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.

The Extraordinary Journey To Bring a Murderous African Leader to Trial

April 25, 2016 | Jonathan Birchall

The trial of the former ruler of Chad, Hissène Habré, marks a remarkable success for international justice; it’s the first time a former African leader has been held to account for atrocity crimes before an African court.

Raising the Profile of Pretrial Detention in Africa

April 21, 2016 | Marina Ilminska, Martin Schoenteich

Many of the continent’s prison systems are in a state of crisis, burdened with overcrowding and an inability or unwillingness to protect the human rights of prisoners.

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