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Roma Journalists Are Rewriting Their Story

May 11, 2016 | by Kremena Budinova

While mainstream news outlets traffic in stereotypes, Roma journalists are laying claim to a space of their own in a democratized media landscape.

Will Canada’s Ruling on Drug Sentences Set the Stage for Further Reforms?

May 9, 2016 | by Cécile Kazatchkine

Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses. Advocates hope it’s just the beginning.

A Last-Minute Court Ruling Could Prevent Future Roma Evictions

May 6, 2016 | by Enrico Guida, Nicole Garbin

In a remarkable decision usually reserved for people being expelled from Europe, a court ruled that a Roma family’s eviction would amount to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Long Ignored in Global Development, Mental Illness Is Declared a Top Priority

May 4, 2016 | by Judith Klein

In a major shift with far-reaching implications, two global institutions acknowledged the impact of mental illness on issues like poverty and economic growth.

Why “Harm Reduction” Means Something Different in Mexico

April 29, 2016 | by Amaya Ordorika

Though Mexico is firmly entrenched in the war on drugs, it’s not primarily a consumer nation. Young advocates there are calibrating their harm reduction efforts accordingly.

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Kazakhstan’s “Training Café” Serves Up Inclusion

April 29, 2016 | by 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.

Virginia Topples a Relic of Colonial-Era Disenfranchisement

April 26, 2016 | by Marc Mauer

Last week, the governor of Virginia ended the disenfranchisement of people convicted of felonies, one of the last groups still denied the right to vote.

New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

April 25, 2016 | by 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 | by 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.

Scaling Up on Legal Empowerment

April 22, 2016 | by Zaza Namoradze

Basic legal services and advice should be available to all. A new Open Society initiative is trying to make that a reality in nine target countries.

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