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Amid Ebola Emergency, Political Problems Distract Sierra Leone

March 27, 2015 | by Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

The sacking of Sierra Leone's vice president has sparked political tensions and fueled concerns about the role of the constitution and the rule of law.

Why We Are Setting Up a European Roma Institute

March 27, 2015 | by George Soros, Thorbjørn Jagland

The value of building up the confidence of the Roma should not be underestimated.

Grantee Spotlight

Hate Crimes Don’t Discriminate

March 27, 2015 | by Melissa Sonnino

You don’t need to be a member of an oppressed group to be a victim of a hate crime. The problem affects all of us, which means we all have to fight it.

Grantee Spotlight

Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making

March 26, 2015 | by Tirza Leibowitz

Many people with disabilities are not allowed to make the most basic decisions about how to lead their own lives. “Supported decision making” can change this.

Stop Prosecuting Children as Adults

March 26, 2015 | by Luisa Taveras

Approximately 200,000 American youth are tried and incarcerated as adults every year, making the United States the world’s leading jailer of kids.

Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Backs Government Rejection of Statelessness Claim

March 25, 2015 | by Simon Cox

The UK Supreme Court ruled that stripping British nationality from a naturalized citizen accused of terrorism did not make him stateless, even when his country of birth repudiated the claim.

Grantee Spotlight

Can Investigative Journalism Flourish in the Arab World?

March 24, 2015 | by Rana Sabbagh

Secretive governments and social norms that discourage debate have held back quality journalism in many Arab countries. A new initiative aims to change that.

Grantee Spotlight

How California Is Reducing Its Prison Population

March 24, 2015 | by Leonard Noisette

Lenore Anderson of Californians for Safety and Justice reflects on Prop 47 and the hard work still ahead.

Grantee Spotlight

I Am Roma, I Am an Albanian Citizen

March 20, 2015 | by Xhesika Korra

A group of Roma youth is changing the game for Albania’s Roma communities, raising their visibility and reframing their self-image.

Europeans Urge United States to Allow Edward Snowden a Public Interest Defense

March 19, 2015 | by Sandra Coliver

European parliamentarians have formally urged the United States to allow Edward Snowden to return home without fear of facing a criminal prosecution that would exclude the possibility of a public interest defense.