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New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

April 25, 2016 | Stanley Ibe

A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.

The Extraordinary Journey To Bring a Murderous African Leader to Trial

April 25, 2016 | Jonathan Birchall

The trial of the former ruler of Chad, Hissène Habré, marks a remarkable success for international justice; it’s the first time a former African leader has been held to account for atrocity crimes before an African court.

Scaling Up on Legal Empowerment

April 22, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze

Basic legal services and advice should be available to all. A new Open Society initiative is trying to make that a reality in nine target countries.

Grantee Spotlight

A Podcast Examines the Intersection of Life and Law

April 22, 2016 | Donysha Smith

Breaking new ground in long-running debates about criminal justice, Nancy Mullane’s Life of the Law podcast embraces a spirit of inclusiveness.

Raising the Profile of Pretrial Detention in Africa

April 21, 2016 | Marina Ilminska, Martin Schoenteich

Many of the continent’s prison systems are in a state of crisis, burdened with overcrowding and an inability or unwillingness to protect the human rights of prisoners.

In Kenya, Overcoming Drug Fears to Expand Access to Palliative Care

April 20, 2016 | Zipporah Ali

The UN’s global drug policy debate is a crucial chance to ensure the need for palliative care demand is met in Kenya and beyond.

Grantee Spotlight

In Hungary, a Better Transit System Fueled by the Power of Citizen Engagement

April 18, 2016 | Levente Lintényi

When the residents of Mátészalka needed a better way to get to the capital, they advocated on their own behalf and won a quicker commute.

In Drug Policy Debates, Youth Are Often Seen but Not Heard

April 15, 2016 | Sarah Merrigan

Though young people are frequently invoked in conversations about drug policy, rarely are they asked to offer their own opinions. At UNGASS, that needs to change.

Colombia’s Peace Process Needs an Accountable Extractives Industry

April 14, 2016 | Andrés Hernández, Ana Carolína González

A lasting peace with FARC will require a well-functioning mining industry, which is based in the rural provinces where the guerrilla group operates.

Grantee Spotlight

How the “Model Minority” Myth Made Incarceration Harder for One Chinese Immigrant

April 12, 2016 | Donysha Smith

For many incarcerated Asian and Pacific Islanders, prison is often made tougher by the fact that their identity is not always recognized.

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