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Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017Aryeh Neier

Open Society Voices

Case Watch: How Kosa v. Hungary Is Challenging a Gap in Europe’s Antidiscrimination Protections

February 1, 2017 | Toby Collis

The law in several European countries allows NGOs to bring collective complaints against discrimination. But only individuals can bring a case to Europe's top human rights court.

The New Phone-Based Tool That Lets Brazilians Monitor State Violence

January 30, 2017 | Miguel Lago, Guilherme Pimentel

DefeZap collects and catalogs user-submitted videos of state violence, then makes sure the authorities take action.

What the Trump Administration Needs to Know about Law Enforcement

January 27, 2017 | Marc Krupanski, Leonard Noisette

A recent statement from the Trump administration suggests a misunderstanding about how community safety and effective law enforcement work.

Case Watch: How a Decision on Danish Naturalization Law Leaves Issues Unresolved

January 26, 2017 | Laura Bingham

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights glosses over the human story of a torture survivor's long struggle with stupefying bureaucracy.

How a Holocaust Commemoration Can Be a Starting Point for Today’s Roma Advocacy

January 26, 2017 | Andrzej Mirga

When a critical mass of Roma citizens learn their history, they can forge their own sense of identity—and use it to inform their activism.

Greece’s Public Health Crisis Is Hitting Migrants Especially Hard

January 26, 2017 | Nicole Kakantoussi, Marios Atzemis

Two of the country’s most pressing challenges—migration and rising HIV rates—often affect the same people. One organization is tackling both.

The University That’s Educating—and Empowering—Women from across Asia

January 25, 2017 | Alex Bookbinder

Critical thinking reigns at the Asian University for Women, where students get the kind of education usually found at small liberal arts schools.

Case Watch: Europe’s Human Rights Court Delivers Mixed Ruling on Migrants Rights (Part Two)

January 17, 2017 | Simon Cox, Giulia Laganà

In Khlaifia v. Italy, Europe’s top human rights tribunal found that migrants in migration “hotspot” facilities in Italy are being detained outside the law.

How One Man Made Greece a More Welcoming Place for Refugees

January 17, 2017 | Manos Moschopoulos

When Vasilis Tsartsanis noticed Syrian refugees arriving in his town, he decided to help them, an act of kindness that would change their lives—and his own.

Why Cologne’s Police Shouldn’t Brag About Racially Profiling 900 New Year’s Eve Revelers

January 13, 2017 | Nick Glynn

Stopping violence requires good intelligence—provided by people who trust the police.

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