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Indonesia Executes Several for Drug Crimes in an Ominous Sign of a Trend

July 29, 2016 | Rick Lines

From firing squads in Indonesia to vigilante killings in the Philippines, state-sanctioned violence against those in the drug trade is reaching new heights.

Grantee Spotlight

For Women Swept Up in the Drug Trade, Legal Help That Starts Early

June 22, 2016 | Muhammad Afif, Yosua Octavian

When marginalized women are convicted of drug offenses in Indonesia, their best shot at avoiding the death penalty is early access to justice.

Mourning Orlando’s Loss from Kabul

June 13, 2016 | Shaharzad Akbar

The situations in Afghanistan and the United States are very different, but the emotions are universal.

Uzbekistan’s Perfect Storm of Corruption

May 26, 2016 | Jeff Goldstein

A new report examines corruption in the Central Asian state, where political and economic power have merged to create a hotbed of unscrupulous activity.

To Be Effective, China’s New Anti–Domestic Violence Law Needs Civil Society’s Support

May 17, 2016 | Joy Chia

China’s government has addressed family violence with official legislation—now it’s up to the public to utilize it.

Grantee Spotlight

Kazakhstan’s “Training Café” Serves Up Inclusion

April 29, 2016 | Ainur Shakenova

The café, staffed entirely by people with disabilities, is part of an effort to move people out of institutions and into the community and the workforce.

A Push for Balanced Drug Policy Is Transforming Pain Relief in India

March 31, 2016 | Naomi Burke-Shyne

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, founder of Pallium India, is working state by state with health care professionals to make palliative care more pervasive.

Grantee Spotlight

Journalists in Pakistan Unite to Fight Violence Against Media

March 24, 2016 | Owais Aslam Ali

In a country where violence against media is common, an initiative is creating a united front—and a sense that an attack on one media outlet is an attack on them all.

Grantee Spotlight

Between Two Countries Often at Odds, a Youth Alliance Forms

February 17, 2016 | Zubair Azam, Suleiman Amanzad

Young delegates from Afghanistan and Pakistan toured each other’s countries, finding common ground and learning that they’re not so different after all.

Kyrgyzstan’s Long Fight for Generic Drugs Is Finally Paying Off

February 17, 2016 | Aibek Mukambetov

With more affordable medicines, pervasive illnesses like hepatitis C can be treated more widely.

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