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Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

July 30, 2015 | by Masha Lisitsyna, Alexandra Cherkasenko

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

Grantee Spotlight

For Those Seeking Education Opportunities Overseas, a Link to the Outside World

July 30, 2015 | by Zoe Brogden

For students living in places with little access to information, figuring out how to study abroad can be daunting. A network of advising centers is changing that.

The Confederate Flag and the Power of Racial Narrative

July 29, 2015 | by Donysha Smith

Symbols of racism galvanize those who would defend a defenseless past.

Why Amnesty International Must Hold Firm in Its Support for Sex Workers

July 28, 2015 | by Sebastian Kohn

The global human rights group may support the decriminalization of sex work. Now, it faces criticism led, in part, by Hollywood celebrities.

Bulgaria Must Stop Its Anti-Roma Attacks

July 28, 2015 | by Violeta Naydenova

Since May, anti-Roma protests in Bulgaria have led to Roma families being attacked and beaten. It’s long past time for the government to step in.

Grantee Spotlight

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

July 27, 2015 | by Mary Miller Flowers

In Latin America, the most perverse consequences of the drug war are borne by women.

Nigeria’s Bold Legislative Agenda for Pretrial Justice Reform

July 23, 2015 | by Stanley Ibe

A new law on the administration of justice in Nigeria offers an unprecedented opportunity to address fundamental problems with the pretrial process.

How Do You Measure Persecution?

July 22, 2015 | by Sebastian Kraus, Ellen Riotte

Migrants seeking asylum in Europe don’t arrive with tidy suitcases filled with evidence to make their case—yet all too often, that’s what interviewers expect.

Case Watch: European Court Urges Italy to Legally Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

July 22, 2015 | by Zsolt Bobis

The European Court of Human Rights has urged Italy to introduce a form of civil union or registered partnership to enable the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

Grantee Spotlight

Rethinking the Debate Around Censorship in Pakistan

July 22, 2015 | by Samina Naz

In a country where freedom of expression is sometimes criticized as a “Western construct,” one coalition is fighting to loosen Pakistan’s strict censorship laws.