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“You Showed Us What Hope Looked Like”

January 12, 2017Kristen Bell

Open Society Voices

In Kazakhstan, Having a Disability Often Means Not Getting a Vote

November 16, 2016 | Parkhat Yussupjanov

Obstacles as simple as a lack of braille ballots can prevent people from exercising their right to vote.

Washington Must Act Now, or Risk an ICC Torture Investigation

November 15, 2016 | James Goldston
The International Criminal Court's findings in Afghanistan underline the need for the United States to prosecute military and CIA personnel responsible for torture.

A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

Corruption in the Czech Republic Finally Meets Its Match

November 11, 2016 | Lukáš Kraus

Advocates and politicians are working together to change the way the country does business.

Civil Society in Brazil Is Urbanizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

November 10, 2016 | Oded Grajew, Maurício Piragino

By using the SDGs to update municipal best practices, advocates hope the UN’s goals can improve life in cities like São Paulo.

How a Ritual Amazonian Brew Keeps Brazilian Traditions Alive

November 9, 2016 | José de Lima

At a recent conference, ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink made from plants in the Amazon, was hailed as a bridge between cultures, communities, and generations.

The Problem with Criminalizing Sex Workers’ Clients

November 9, 2016 | Sebastian Kohn

Kate McGrew, coordinator at Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, explains how labor rights can protect sex workers in ways criminalization can’t.

In the Fight Against Human Trafficking, Child Soldiers Get Ignored

November 7, 2016 | Jeremy Ravinsky, Lora Lumpe

U.S. law prohibits military aid to countries that use child soldiers, but a loophole allows the money to flow regardless.

West Africa’s “Promise Trackers” Hold Politicians to Their Word

November 4, 2016 | Catherine Kyenret Angai

A new tool monitors candidates’ vows―and puts their feet to the fire when they break them.

Tunisia’s Negligence of Small Farmers Is Creating a Food Crisis

November 2, 2016 | Ezzaddean El Safi

Efforts to kick-start the economy largely exclude small farmers, leaving the country dangerously dependent on imported food.

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