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How Do You Measure Persecution?

July 22, 2015by Sebastian Kraus, Ellen Riotte
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Open Society Voices

Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

July 30, 2015 | by Masha Lisitsyna, Alexandra Cherkasenko

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

Grantee Spotlight

Rethinking the Debate Around Censorship in Pakistan

July 22, 2015 | by Samina Naz

In a country where freedom of expression is sometimes criticized as a “Western construct,” one coalition is fighting to loosen Pakistan’s strict censorship laws.

Torture and the Pain of Others

June 25, 2015 | by Masha Lisitsyna

For those of us who work on the issue of torture, the challenge is to understand—and force courts to confront—the pain of others.

Academics Come Out in Force Against Indonesia’s Drug Crackdown

June 16, 2015 | by Claudia Stoicescu, Naomi Burke-Shyne

With raids, forced treatment, executions, and a declared state of emergency, Indonesia’s drug war is out of control. Now a group of academics is rallying against it.

Can Malaysia’s Leading Independent News Site Survive a Censorship Law?

June 10, 2015 | by Shuwei Fang

Against the odds, the Malaysiakini group has managed to turn a profit while maintaining its independent voice, but a crackdown on press freedoms threatens its success.

Earthquake Relief in Nepal Could Be Better if Civil Society’s Hands Weren’t Tied

May 22, 2015 | by Neetu Pokharel, Som Niroula

The government of Nepal is wrong to insist that all post-earthquake relief be channeled through the prime minister’s office.

Ten Years after Uzbekistan’s Massacre, the Tragedy Continues to Unfold

May 12, 2015 | by Alisher Ilkhamov

In 2005, Uzbek security forces killed hundreds of demonstrators in the city of Andijan. The lingering effects of that tragedy should give pause to countries thinking about re-engaging the regime.

Inside One of the World’s Most Notorious Prison Systems

May 5, 2015 | by Ruslan Myatiev

A new documentary sheds light on the atrocities taking place in prisons in Turkmenistan, where all but the rich face horrific treatment.

Grantee Spotlight

As Nepal Reels, a Radio Station Offers a Steady Voice

May 1, 2015 | by Gopal Guragain

For Nepalese migrant workers unable to return home to search for family, the Ujyaalo radio network has become a reliable link to the tragedy.

Grantee Spotlight

A Legal Lifeline for Communities Threatened by Resource Development Projects

April 29, 2015 | by Marena Brinkhurst

Meet the volunteer legal experts ensuring that resource development doesn’t bulldoze people’s lives.

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