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More Than a Decade after Kalashnikov, Russian Prisons Still Abysmal

June 24, 2015 | by Marina Van Riel

An avalanche of European Court judgments has condemned Russian prisons as inhuman and degrading, but conditions remain at odds with basic human rights standards guaranteed by the European Convention.

France Moves to Stop Treating Its Traveller Citizens Like Foreigners

June 24, 2015 | by Nara Ritz

A new law may end the internal passport system in France, the only country in the world to require its Traveller citizens to carry special papers.

Grantee Spotlight

Pushing Back Against Ethnic Profiling in the Netherlands

June 22, 2015 | by Jair Schalkwijk

A new short film aims to debunk the notion that profiling suspects based on ethnicity is effective policing.

Grantee Spotlight

Russia’s Disabled Citizens, Once Invisible, Find Their Voice

June 22, 2015 | by Denise Roza

Three decades ago it was rare to see a person with disabilities on the streets of Russia. Today, accessibility is growing—and an advocacy movement is taking shape.

Charleston’s Tragic Hour

June 19, 2015 | by Nkechi Taifa

The issue of race and racial justice must take center stage in this country.

After the Uprising, Uplifting Baltimore’s Youth

June 17, 2015 | by Tara Huffman

The recent uprising in Baltimore has catalyzed a younger generation of advocates and activists. These new leaders are energized, astute, and critical to transforming Baltimore for the better.

Venezuela’s “Firefly” Aims to Illuminate News that Others Won’t

June 17, 2015 | by Marius Dragomir

A startup website run by a team of disillusioned journalists is providing something rarely found in Venezuela: unbiased news.

Seven Easy Steps to Ethnic Cleansing in the Dominican Republic

June 16, 2015 | by Julia Harrington Reddy

In its treatment of its citizens of Haitian descent, the Dominican Republic has presented a virtual recipe for any other country aspiring to an ethnic cleansing exercise done according to proper legal procedure.

Academics Come Out in Force Against Indonesia’s Drug Crackdown

June 16, 2015 | by Claudia Stoicescu, Naomi Burke-Shyne

With raids, forced treatment, executions, and a declared state of emergency, Indonesia’s drug war is out of control. Now a group of academics is rallying against it.

How a Band from L.A. Ended Up Playing Cuba’s Gay Rights Festival

June 12, 2015 | by Quetzal Flores, Martha Gonzalez

Using music to help bring about positive change, the band Quetzal found a receptive audience among Havana’s LGBTI community.