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An investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s future: Compensating survivors of wartime sexual violence

"Whether because of physical disability, psychological trauma or community stigmatization, many survivors face barriers to earning a living, which, unfortunately, may lead to a permanent reduction in their quality of...

‘You are more than good enough’

"I find I cannot be silent about the expectations, dim and punitive and repressive, we place on our nation's youth."

One step towards inclusion in Kazakhstan

When he turned 18, Aidar was deprived of his legal capacity by the local court, making him dependent on his state-assigned guardian at all times, and decisions were not his to...

Ukraine: 30 years in pursuit of equality

As the Ukrainian government celebrates 30 years of independence, the reality is that, for many, independence has not brought the prosperity they were promised.

The evil of banal censorship

Images of peaceful protesters do not fit the narrative that continues to portray the protesters as violent, irrational and emotional.

Queer resilience and activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"Since the 2019 Pride March, queer activists have observed a changing political, legal, and social environment, and have achieved some key successes."

Dealing with the legacy of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

More than one-third of all individuals brought before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, set up to prosecute war crimes, "were convicted on charges of sexual violence."

Chronicles of a transgender woman’s visit to the doctor

“Many doctors see her from the point of view that she ’should be’ a man, who for them is so weak that he resorts to wearing feminine garments.”

Who’s trying to silence the fearless voice of Sri Lankan journalist Tharindu Jayawardhana?

One of Sri Lanka’s most promising young journalists is facing intimidation following his reporting on the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.

The essence of LeRoy Clarke, Trinidad and Tobago's master artist who died this week

"The art of being LeRoy Clarke is a discipline, cultivated by an artist equally inspired and terrified of the society that has hammered his art into existence."

Cubans want more than just the lifting of the US blockade

"I dare to say that Cuba is facing the worst crisis in its history, becoming a humanitarian crisis similar to the one that Venezuela has gone through in recent years."

July arrests mark turn for the worse in Vietnam

Among those arrested were two relatively unknown individuals with hardly any history of pro-democracy activism.

From Cuba, with VPN

“I realized what was happening and immediately thought that in a few minutes the internet service in Cuba, or at least in San Antonio de los Baños, would be interrupted.”

US anti-corruption list will not bring down popular Salvadoran President Bukele

" ... by leaving some alleged corrupt individuals out, the U.S. State Department's corruption list could look more like an attack on the popular Nayib Bukele administration than an attack...

How I awoke from the lasting Cuban deception

"My awakening to the realization of the injustice caused by totalitarianism was a long and painful process."

Yemen stalemate deepening its long-ignored human rights crisis

All parties are hostile to human rights and “show no regard to international law or the lives, dignity and rights of the people of Yemen ... ”

Where are the voices of Central Asian and Russian Uyghurs?

Why are small communities of Uyghurs in Western countries more active in pursuing justice for their counterparts in China than the large populations of this Muslim minority in Central Asia?

To save its economy, can Tunisia reform its oversized public sector?

“These past 10 post-revolution years, romanticised by the West, have solidified for us as more misery and living with the failing of state’s institutions."

Nepal’s wild elephants are also on the move

This year, because of the lack of human movement caused by COVID-19 restrictions, elephant herds shifted the path of annual migration from India into Nepal, marching right through villages.

Chile's new constitution offers unique opportunity to rethink workers’ rights in the digital age

When technological solutions are implemented in unchecked environments, as has become an issue in Chile, they also threaten to bring about over-automation, and unhappiness in workers

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