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Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017Aryeh Neier

Open Society Voices

How “Raising the Age” Is Transforming Youth Justice

March 17, 2017 | Marcy Mistrett, Marc Schindler

The evidence is now in, and it’s clear: raising the age at which states define childhood keeps our communities and young people safer, and can be done while keeping costs in check.

EU Top Court Fails to Guarantee Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf at Work

March 14, 2017 | Maryam H’madoun, Simon Cox

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it is not direct discrimination on grounds of religion for an employer to bar workers from wearing religious clothing.

Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant

March 13, 2017 | Nicholas Spiers, Litay Ortega

A video series explores the complicated story behind Salvia divinorum—one of the most revered, and widely misunderstood, psychotropic plants.

Fighting Corruption in Health Care? There’s an App for That

March 10, 2017 | Akjibek Beishebaeva

Teams of coders and journalists from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan recently took part in a hackathon to address abuses in government procurement of medicines.

In Buenos Aires, Right to Information Helps Renters Get a Foot in the Door

March 8, 2017 | Sebastián Pilo

In a city where one-third of its population are renters, advocates are using a transparency law to curb shady real estate practices.

What’s Life Like for Women Who Use Drugs in Indonesia? It’s Time We Asked Them

March 8, 2017 | Claudia Stoicescu, Rima Ameilia

Police violence, social stigma, and poor access to health care are a daily—and poorly understood—reality for many women who use drugs. A new report is finally letting them tell their story.

Palestine’s First “Civil” Media Organization Is a Breakthrough for Independent Journalism

March 6, 2017 | Muamar Orabi

Wattan, a news outlet that is neither privately owned nor government run, is elevating Palestine’s media landscape.

Why Europe Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Inequality

February 28, 2017 | Stefano Scarpetta

A new report sheds light on the driving forces behind the rising wealth gap. Left unaddressed, the divide won’t just affect those at the bottom; it will mean a more fractious and unstable future for all.

Baton Rape Case Fuels Anger over Racist Policing in France

February 23, 2017 | Lanna Hollo

The sexual assault with a police baton of Theo L., a 22-year-old black Frenchman, has provoked both protests and calls for fundamental reforms in French policing.

How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

February 21, 2017 | Adriana García , Mercedes Melon

Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

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