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The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

August 4, 2017Naomi Burke-Shyne
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The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017Karen Stevenson

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Caught on Film: What the Law Says About Filming the Police in Europe

June 8, 2017 | Roxane Cassehgari, Daniel Simons

The rise of social media and easily shareable video allows members of the public to film interactions with the police. But across Europe, this is now increasingly a contested issue.

Moving Beyond Institutions and Supporting Independent Living in Europe

June 8, 2017 | Katharine Boaden

A new documentary shows how deinstitutionalization has transformed the lives of people with disabilities—and underscores the importance of EU funding for independent living.

How Drug Courts Are Falling Short

June 7, 2017 | Christine Mehta

The “drug court” alternative-sentencing model has spread across the United States. It may be increasingly common, but the drug court model often fails to respect human rights.

The Dire Consequences of Slashing U.S. Global HIV Assistance

June 5, 2017 | Julia Greenberg

The Trump administration’s proposed cuts for programs devoted to fighting this disease would cost innocent lives as well as U.S. global influence.

It’s Time for Roma People to Speak for Themselves

June 2, 2017 | Tímea Junghaus

After enduring generations of stereotypes and other false depictions, Roma artists are working together to help their people tell their own story about their history, their art, and their contributions to European culture.

The False Promise of “End Demand” Laws

June 2, 2017 | Sebastian Kohn

Despite its recent popularity, it’s worth recognizing that the so-called Nordic model of criminalizing the purchasing of sex falls well short of what sex workers in Lyon, France, demanded more than 40 years ago.

On Wiktor Osiatyński and the Limits of Human Rights

May 31, 2017 | Chris Stone

Osiatyński was a scholar and a member of the Open Society Foundations Global Board. His greatest legacy, however, may be his prescient call for human rights advocates to adapt to an unsteady, globalized world.

Defending the Human Rights of People with Albinism

May 26, 2017 | Alison Hillman

In many parts of Africa, people with albinism face discrimination and violence just because they look different. But these advocates are fighting to assert their rights.

A New Campaign Against Latin America’s Epidemic of Homicide

May 23, 2017 | Michelle Marinho, Dandara Tinoco

To reduce the region’s terrible levels of violence, more than two-dozen Latin American organizations, across multiple countries, are banding together to create real policy solutions.

Case Watch: European Rights Court Lags on Access to Legal Counsel for Criminal Suspects

May 22, 2017 | Marina Ilminska

A ruling from Europe's human rights court failed to reinforce a growing consensus on the right of suspects in police custody to be guaranteed early access to legal counsel.

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