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Elevating the Voices of Women and Children in the Refugee Crisis

August 29, 2016 | Viviana Waisman

Instead of finding protection and relief on European soil, refugee women and children have been trapped in makeshift camps—some of which resemble prisons—without access to adequate food, sanitation, water, or safety.

Celebrated as an Athlete, Murdered as a Lesbian

August 25, 2016 | Neville Gabriel

The murder of Eudy Simelane, the South African national football star, illustrates the contradictions that define life for LGBTI people in Africa.

Case Watch: Justice Sotomayor Highlights Impact of Biased Policing

August 22, 2016 | Michael Youhana

A Supreme Court justice’s arguments make for powerful reading, given the troubled state of relations between the police and African American communities across the country.

How UK Politicians Laid the Groundwork for Brexit’s Hate Crime Surge

August 19, 2016 | Nazek Ramadan

The wave of race-based crime unleashed by the Brexit vote is the result of societal intolerance cultivated by British leaders for years.

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Brazil, Homicide Capital of the World, Tackles Violence against Children

August 18, 2016 | Robert Muggah

An app that records how young people experience violence could help make their world more secure.

As U.S. Elections Near, a String of Voting Rights Victories

August 17, 2016 | Erica Teasley Linnick

A series of court rulings ensures hundreds of thousands of eligible voters will be able to exercise their rights at the polls this November.

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The New Face of Solidarity

August 16, 2016 | Deepa Iyer

An initiative aims to help marginalized groups cooperate—and learn from each other.

In Zambia’s Contentious Election, the EU Finds a New Challenge

August 12, 2016 | Bram Dijkstra

The election in Zambia—a country with 25 years of peaceful democratic consolidation—is a chance for the EU to show it still has serious clout as a foreign policy actor.

Time for Transparency in the Machinery of Global Rights

August 9, 2016 | Christian De Vos

A drive for transparency over the selection of the next UN Secretary General reflects similar efforts by civil society in the global human rights system.

Brazil’s Security Plans for the Olympics Raise Eyebrows

August 5, 2016 | Natalia Viana

From tanks at the beach to jammed mobile phones, the militarization of Rio de Janeiro is pushing the boundaries of acceptable precautions.

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