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Why Amnesty International Must Hold Firm in Its Support for Sex Workers

July 28, 2015 | by Sebastian Kohn

The global human rights group may support the decriminalization of sex work. Now, it faces criticism led, in part, by Hollywood celebrities.

Bulgaria Must Stop Its Anti-Roma Attacks

July 28, 2015 | by Violeta Naydenova

Since May, anti-Roma protests in Bulgaria have led to Roma families being attacked and beaten. It’s long past time for the government to step in.

Grantee Spotlight

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

July 27, 2015 | by Mary Miller Flowers

In Latin America, the most perverse consequences of the drug war are borne by women.

Nigeria’s Bold Legislative Agenda for Pretrial Justice Reform

July 23, 2015 | by Stanley Ibe

A new law on the administration of justice in Nigeria offers an unprecedented opportunity to address fundamental problems with the pretrial process.

How Do You Measure Persecution?

July 22, 2015 | by Sebastian Kraus, Ellen Riotte

Migrants seeking asylum in Europe don’t arrive with tidy suitcases filled with evidence to make their case—yet all too often, that’s what interviewers expect.

Case Watch: European Court Urges Italy to Legally Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

July 22, 2015 | by Zsolt Bobis

The European Court of Human Rights has urged Italy to introduce a form of civil union or registered partnership to enable the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

Grantee Spotlight

Rethinking the Debate Around Censorship in Pakistan

July 22, 2015 | by Samina Naz

In a country where freedom of expression is sometimes criticized as a “Western construct,” one coalition is fighting to loosen Pakistan’s strict censorship laws.

True or False? Fact-Checking Journalism Is Booming.

July 22, 2015 | by Sameer Padania

Around the world, small squadrons of journalists who speed-check facts and figures are changing how media works—and holding public officials to their word.

The Failed U.S. Transparency Law That’s Killing Angola’s Economy

July 21, 2015 | by Elias Isaac

Little has changed in the five years since the Dodd-Frank financial reform law was passed to stop elites in faraway countries from looting public treasuries.

The Key to Puerto Rico’s Transformation

July 20, 2015 | by Nuria Y. Ortiz Vargas

The lack of government accountability is a major factor in Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. A homegrown alliance of civil society groups is stepping in to change this.

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