How do we defeat extremism? Redefine citizenship

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Filed under: Human rights and rule of law Peace and security




Around the world people are dying because they refuse to hate. Every day, people are killed because they stand up for tolerance, deny xenophobes, defy racists and counter religious hatred with tolerance, understanding and charity – principles deeply interwoven with some of the world’s great states and great religions. Identity-based hate crime is only the… Read more »

How do we fight corruption in law? We tried something different in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Human rights and rule of law




Despite tangible progress in the justice system, the trust of the Kyrgyz citizens to the court system remains very low. A recent survey shows that 51% of the population believe judges are “very corrupt”, with another 37% thinking they are “somewhat corrupt.” It’s the kind of phenomenon that leads to legal nihilism – where people… Read more »

A Call to Action: Stop “Bride Kidnapping”

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Filed under: Central Asia Gender equality Human rights and rule of law




One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”. Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the country involve elements of this ritual. Essentially, “bride kidnapping” is the ritual of ambushing a young woman and detaining her until she agrees… Read more »

On violence: A new approach in Serbia with the New School

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights and rule of law Social innovation




Recent statistics reveals the alarming prevalence of violence against women in Serbia: 54 percent of women were exposed to some form of violence during their lifetime, while only 10 percent contacted services for assistance. This violence presents a complex social problem. It is both a root cause of gender inequality as well as an extreme… Read more »