Rights & Justice
Lost in Pretrial Limbo
In Mpungu, Malawi, villagers prepare for the funeral of the local head man. His nephew and heir, Benson Sango, will be unable to attend. Benson has been held in Maula prison, in the capital, Lilongwe, for more than two years without bail or a trial. The Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice is documenting the costs of excessive and unnecessary pretrial detention. We are helping governments develop bail and supervision systems that can make detention exception, and not the rule.More from this collection »
Stop Torture in Health Care
From the Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care: Detention as Treatment in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Image is a frame from the film "Violence Is Not the Solution." In all corners of the world, people who use drugs are forcibly detained in "rehabilitation" centers where they may be subjected to beatings, forced labor, medical experimentation, denial of basic health care (including evidence-based drug treatment), and other severe human rights violations. Thousands of people throughout Southeast Asia are locked away in so-called drug rehabilitation centers where they are regularly beaten, abused, and denied access to medical care. The Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care is working worldwide to put an end to human rights violations and abuses in health care settings.More from this collection »
Governance & Accountability
Vita Kalembet, a paralegal, is helping Alina Grotsyk navigate Ukraine's complex bureaucracy to secure child support for her son. Kalembet is one of a growing number of paralegals working in rural Ukraine, where economic and political transition over the past two decades has left many people with limited access to public services or information. But in four regions, community law centers funded by the Open Society Foundations are helping ordinary people assert their rights under the law.More from this collection »
Education & Youth
Expanding Learning, Expanding Opportunities
Students at Hilton Elementary School in West Baltimore leave school at 5:30 p.m. The additional hours give kids the full array of activities that all parents would like for their children but that many families can’t afford.More from this collection »
Media & Information
Even Though I’m Free, I Am Not
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, was arrested for the first time in July 1989. She has been detained on three separate occasions and has spent more than 15 years under house arrest in Rangoon. Released from her latest sentence in November 2010, she continues to work to achieve democracy and national reconciliation in Burma in spite of continued threats and oppression from the ruling military regime. On her hand is written the name of Soe Min Min, a member of the National League for Democracy who was arrested in 2008 for praying at Shwedagon Pagoda for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. He is serving a nine year sentence at Insein prison. Update: Soe Min Min was released from Insein prison according to a conditional amnesty announced by the Burmese regime on January 12, 2012.More from this collection »
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