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How Drug Courts Are Falling Short

June 7, 2017Christine Mehta
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The Roma Are Their Own Best Advocates

June 13, 2017George Soros

Open Society Voices

The False Promise of “End Demand” Laws

June 2, 2017 | Sebastian Kohn

Despite its recent popularity, it’s worth recognizing that the so-called Nordic model of criminalizing the purchasing of sex falls well short of what sex workers in Lyon, France, demanded more than 40 years ago.

On Wiktor Osiatyński and the Limits of Human Rights

May 31, 2017 | Chris Stone

Osiatyński was a scholar and a member of the Open Society Foundations Global Board. His greatest legacy, however, may be his prescient call for human rights advocates to adapt to an unsteady, globalized world.

Defending the Human Rights of People with Albinism

May 26, 2017 | Alison Hillman

In many parts of Africa, people with albinism face discrimination and violence just because they look different. But these advocates are fighting to assert their rights.

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.

Case Watch: European Rights Court Lags on Access to Legal Counsel for Criminal Suspects

May 22, 2017 | Marina Ilminska

A ruling from Europe's human rights court failed to reinforce a growing consensus on the right of suspects in police custody to be guaranteed early access to legal counsel.

Losing their Land, Indigenous Peoples Turn to the Courts

May 19, 2017 | David Berry

Paraguay's Yakye Axa people lost control over their traditional forest lands to cattle ranchers and soy farms. A new report looks at their efforts to use litigation to claim compensation.

The Push for Marriage Equality in Taiwan

May 17, 2017 | Leon Mar

As a decade-long campaign for marriage equality nears its conclusion, the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association’s Jennifer Lu explains the context and the significance of the decision now facing the people of Taiwan.

Kenya’s Nubian Minority Pushes Forward for Equal Treatment

May 15, 2017 | Laura Bingham

Efforts to ensure that Kenya’s Nubian community can secure proof of citizenship are being pursued both on the ground, and through Africa’s human rights system.

Q&A: The Fight to Save a Free and Open Internet

May 15, 2017

With existing regulations up for review, Gigi Sohn—an Open Society Leadership in Government Fellow and former counselor to the FCC chairman—speaks about the road ahead for advocates of a free, accessible internet.

In Remembrance of Wiktor Osiatyński

May 12, 2017 | George Soros

Wiktor Osiatyński, a cherished member of the Open Society family, recently passed away. These are the remarks Osiatyński's longtime friend and Open Society Foundations founder George Soros delivered at his funeral.

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