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A Well-Intentioned, Deeply Flawed Approach to Drug Treatment

May 29, 2015 | by Joanne Csete, Denise Tomasini-Joshi

On paper, drug courts seem like a smart, progressive way to help people kick their dependence. But a recent report suggests they may do more harm than good.

Grantee Spotlight

From a Refugee Camp to a Biophysics Lab

May 29, 2015 | by Laura Silber

Dr. Admir Mašić earned his PhD and became a successful research scientist. But two decades ago he wasn’t even allowed to enroll in school.

In the Run-Up to Elections, Court Declares Burundi’s Press Gag Law Undemocratic

May 28, 2015 | by Peter Noorlander

An oppressive law that ties journalists’ hands has been ruled in violation of democratic principles by the East African Court of Justice.

The UN’s Rebuke of Inheritance Laws Is a Victory for Women’s Health

May 27, 2015 | by Tamar Ezer

Discriminatory laws have left widows homeless when their husbands die. That may soon change.

Ireland Wakes Up to a Brave New World of Civil Marriage Equality

May 23, 2015 | by Peter Matjašič

Ireland has become the first country to introduce same-sex marriage through a referendum, thanks to a campaign that captured the hearts and minds of many Irish voters.

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.

The Law That Helps the U.S. Stop Heinous Crimes by Foreign Militaries

May 22, 2015 | by Lisa Haugaard

The Leahy Law requires the U.S. government to withhold aid from foreign security forces that commit heinous crimes. A new guide helps human rights groups leverage the rule.

Grantee Spotlight

Senegalese Rappers Set the News to a Beat, and Viewership Soars

May 22, 2015 | by Amanda Fortier

An online news program that features rappers as anchors has found huge success among youth in West Africa.

Nowhere to Turn for Drug Treatment

May 21, 2015 | by Roxanne Saucier, Denise Tomasini-Joshi

A new report details the abuse, humiliation, and lack of medical care endured by people seeking drug treatment in Puerto Rico.

Case Watch: Time Limits Thwart Justice in East Africa

May 20, 2015 | by Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

The East Africa Court of Justice's strict two-year time limit—and refusal to recognize ongoing violations—impedes access to justice.