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Burma’s Voters See a Bright Future for Their Country, Polls Show

November 18, 2015 | by Ben Suffian

Public polling indicates that citizens are solidly behind the National League for Democracy’s priorities—and never had much confidence in the ousted military regime.

Grantee Spotlight

Why Mothers of Children with Disabilities Are Suddenly Talking in Kyrgyzstan

November 17, 2015 | by Kimberly O’Haver

In a country where disabilities invite stigma and discrimination, a discussion group is starting to change minds—and, possibly, laws.

How a Protest in Afghanistan Instilled Hope for the Country’s Future

November 17, 2015 | by Shaharzad Akbar

After the beheadings of seven innocent members of an ethnic minority, Afghans hoped their protest would draw attention to the violence—but it achieved something far more profound.

A Paris-Based Media Outlet Reacts to the Attacks

November 16, 2015 | by Daniel Makonnen

In the wake of the attacks that killed over a hundred in Paris, a publisher explains the media’s role in responding, and why we shouldn’t make assumptions about the terrorists’ intended targets.

European Court Rulings Highlight Azerbaijan’s Bleak Record on Human Rights

November 16, 2015 | by Marina Van Riel

A series of human rights rulings against Azerbaijan underline the need for a concerted response from the Council of Europe to the deteriorating political situation there.

Grantee Spotlight

Taking “Ban the Box” to the Next Level

November 13, 2015 | by Dorsey Nunn

The president’s move to get federal agencies to ban the box is an important first step. But to create systemic change we need to extend it to the private sector.

A Polish Dissident’s Journey from Political Prison to New York City

November 12, 2015 | by Emil V.

After eight months of incarceration under martial law in Poland, a refugee made his way to the United States and found himself embraced by his adopted home.

Grantee Spotlight

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

November 12, 2015 | by Catalina Pérez Correa, Coletta A. Youngers

The region’s leaders are vocal proponents of smarter drug policy, but a look at their recent incarceration rates suggests they’re not practicing what they preach.

Grantee Spotlight

The Slow-Motion Legal Disaster Unfolding within the Refugee Crisis

November 11, 2015 | by Samar Muhareb

Many refugees fleeing Syria find themselves in a legal black hole. Now a Jordan-based organization is helping them piece their identities back together.

Shining a Light on the Selection of Mexico’s Supreme Court Judges

November 10, 2015 | by Adriana García

Mexico’s top court wields considerable influence, yet the process of selecting and approving its judges remains opaque.

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