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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

December 8, 2017 | Allison Corkery

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

A Blind Spot in the Movement Against Gender-Based Violence

December 8, 2017 | Olga Rychkova

When women seek treatment for their drug use, they often find themselves in unsafe environments. Activists working to end gender-based violence need to do more to reach out to these women and make them part of the solution.

Virtual, Inclusive, and Strong: How a Youth Group Brings Disability Rights Mainstream

December 1, 2017 | Kimberly O’Haver

An emerging youth group in Latin America is advocating for human rights with creative, innovative, and tech-savvy methods. What lessons can advocates elsewhere in the world draw from their example?

Q&A: What Real Inclusion for Nonspeaking Autistic People Means

December 1, 2017

DJ Savarese, a nonspeaking autistic person who is also a published author, activist, and filmmaker, explains how the U.S. education system leaves the thousands of people like him behind—and how we can do better.

Why Harm Reduction Is Crucial to the Fight Against HIV

November 30, 2017 | Fionnuala Murphy

New research shows that the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is worse than we thought. National governments must reject the “war on drugs” and invest in harm reduction policies—before it’s too late.

Pakistan’s Courts Need to Do More to Acknowledge Mental Illness

November 28, 2017 | Rimmel Mohydin

Khizar Hayat faces a death sentence for murder in Pakistan—despite being a victim of schizophrenia.

Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017 | Aryeh Neier

Promoting human rights has been a key element of U.S. foreign policy for generations. Abandoning this commitment would not only be a rejection of American values, but also counterproductive to U.S. interests.

Putting Rio de Janeiro’s Maré on the Map

November 16, 2017 | Sarah Evans

For decades, Maré, Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, was impossible to find on a map. But thanks in part to a local development association, its residents aren’t invisible anymore—and are ready to defend their human rights.

Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017 | Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell

Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s victory in this year’s election could represent a breakthrough for those working for a stronger, more independent judiciary in Kyrgyzstan.

Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017 | Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil

A surge in the anti-establishment vote in October’s elections has left the long struggle to end segregation of Roma children in Czech schools on uncertain ground.

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