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Uzbekistan’s Perfect Storm of Corruption

May 26, 2016 | Jeff Goldstein

A new report examines corruption in the Central Asian state, where political and economic power have merged to create a hotbed of unscrupulous activity.

Why Institutions Fail to Recognize Human Rights Abuses

May 25, 2016 | Adam Hug

A recent report details the many reasons parliamentarians fail to notice or respond to serious human rights concerns.

Imprisonment of TB Patients Declared Unconstitutional in Kenya

May 20, 2016 | Allan Maleche, Timothy Wafula

The practice of incarcerating tuberculosis patients was rebuked by the country’s High Court, putting an end to a dangerous and inhumane practice.

Chelsea Manning’s 35-Year Sentence: Far Beyond All Norms

May 19, 2016 | Sandra Coliver

In a comparable case in Israel, a young woman soldier was given three-and-a-half years in prison, while a British intelligence officer received just six months after releasing “highly sensitive” documents.

To Be Effective, China’s New Anti–Domestic Violence Law Needs Civil Society’s Support

May 17, 2016 | Joy Chia

China’s government has addressed family violence with official legislation—now it’s up to the public to utilize it.

African Feminists Mark Women’s Role in Shaping Their Continent’s Future

May 12, 2016 | Jessica Horn

At an inspiring meeting in Zimbabwe, over 160 women gathered to mark feminism’s leading role in creating a more progressive Africa.

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Roma Journalists Are Rewriting Their Story

May 11, 2016 | Kremena Budinova

While mainstream news outlets traffic in stereotypes, Roma journalists are laying claim to a space of their own in a democratized media landscape.

Will Canada’s Ruling on Drug Sentences Set the Stage for Further Reforms?

May 9, 2016 | Cécile Kazatchkine

Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses. Advocates hope it’s just the beginning.

A Last-Minute Court Ruling Could Prevent Future Roma Evictions

May 6, 2016 | Enrico Guida, Nicole Garbin

In a remarkable decision usually reserved for people being expelled from Europe, a court ruled that a Roma family’s eviction would amount to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Long Ignored in Global Development, Mental Illness Is Declared a Top Priority

May 4, 2016 | Judith Klein

In a major shift with far-reaching implications, two global institutions acknowledged the impact of mental illness on issues like poverty and economic growth.

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