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Our Approach to Mental Health Isn’t Working

October 10, 2017Ailbhe Finn
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The World Must Learn from Hong Kong’s Example

October 18, 2017Matthew Wilson, Joy Chia

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Q&A: The Unjust Trial of Diego Gómez and the Necessity of Open Access

July 31, 2017

The story of the biologist—who is facing possible jail time simply for sharing a colleague’s research—is an unsettling reminder of why reforms to intellectual property laws are so desperately needed.

Q&A: Journalism and the Crisis in Venezuela

July 28, 2017

Investigative journalist and Armando.info cofounder Ewald Scharfenberg discusses the importance of holding governments accountable—especially during times of instability.

Giving Trans Activism the Support It Deserves

July 14, 2017 | Wiktor Dynarski

The International Trans Fund is a new participatory initiative to bring resources to grassroots activists for trans people’s rights—and to make sure that the movement for trans rights is being led by trans people themselves.

The Children of Northern Ireland Should Grow Up Together

July 14, 2017 | Anna Clarke

For too long, Northern Ireland’s education system has encouraged a divided society. But a new initiative from the Integrated Education Fund is helping parents work together to build a peaceful future for their children.

Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

A Message from Wales on Refugees: “People Are Very Keen to Help”

July 14, 2017 | Gregory Maniatis

Across the UK, a community-based sponsorship program is offering an alternative approach to refugee resettlement.

It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems

July 13, 2017 | Topeka K. Sam

In theory, probation and parole are useful tools in helping to reduce America’s prison population. But without badly needed reforms, these systems of federal supervision are just incarceration by another name.

Q&A: A Rotten Deal in Nigeria and the Global Movement for Transparency

June 29, 2017

As two major oil companies face court cases over a deal in Nigeria, Global Witness’s Rachel Owens talks about how activists are fighting for transparency and justice—and what the international community can do to help.

With NGOs Under Attack, the European Union Needs an Early Action Plan

June 29, 2017 | Kersty McCourt

The European Union’s commitment to a “sharper and more coherent” effort to support embattled civil society groups around the world requires a bold and structured approach.

The United States’ Vital Role in the UN Human Rights Council

June 23, 2017 | Jerry Fowler

The UN Human Rights Council is one of the most important entities in the human rights community, as well as one of the principal means through which the United States influences human rights policy worldwide.

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