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A crowd of demonstrators in Paris

A Paris-Based Media Outlet Reacts to the Attacks

November 16, 2015by Daniel Makonnen

Mapping a Path to Tolerance During a Time of Fear

November 25, 2015by Sarah Isal

Open Society Voices

Case Watch: Defining “Degrading Treatment” at the European Court of Human Rights

May 5, 2015 | by Amy Strand

Two recent cases show the Strasbourg courts efforts to refine its definition of what amounts to inhuman or degrading treatment for a person held in detention.

Inside One of the World’s Most Notorious Prison Systems

May 5, 2015 | by Ruslan Myatiev

A new documentary sheds light on the atrocities taking place in prisons in Turkmenistan, where all but the rich face horrific treatment.

Grantee Spotlight

As Nepal Reels, a Radio Station Offers a Steady Voice

May 1, 2015 | by Gopal Guragain

For Nepalese migrant workers unable to return home to search for family, the Ujyaalo radio network has become a reliable link to the tragedy.

Time to Get Serious About Criminal Justice Reform

April 30, 2015 | by Leonard Noisette

The presidential candidates’ interest in the subject is most welcome. But we need a deeper discussion to fix what’s wrong.

How Roma Families are Taking Action against Czech School Discrimination

April 29, 2015 | by Ostalinda Maya Ovalle

Facing discrimination in the Czech Republic's education system, Roma families in the city of Ostrava are fighting to secure better schooling for their children, one child at a time.

Grantee Spotlight

A Legal Lifeline for Communities Threatened by Resource Development Projects

April 29, 2015 | by Marena Brinkhurst

Meet the volunteer legal experts ensuring that resource development doesn’t bulldoze people’s lives.

Can Armenia’s Ties to the EU Be Saved?

April 29, 2015 | by Larisa Minasyan

Ever since it reluctantly joined Russia’s economic union, civil society space in Armenia has been shrinking at an alarming rate.

Grantee Spotlight

An Effort to Get Out the Roma Vote, One Citizen at a Time

April 28, 2015 | by Matthew Brindley

A new campaign aims to get Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers engaged in politics—and potentially swing a few tight races.

Unequal Assistance: How Criminal Legal Aid Varies across the European Union

April 27, 2015 | by Zaza Namoradze, Marion Isobel

As the European Union begins to debate setting minimum standards for the provision of criminal legal aid, the Open Society Justice Initiative has taken a look at what currently happens in 9 different EU countries.

The Right to Understand the Right to Remain Silent

April 27, 2015 | by Erin Neff

Do people really understand the right to remain silent? This essential right protects individuals from being compelled to make self-incriminating statements, yet too often there is a failure to ensure it is understood.