Open Society News: Behind the French “Burqa Ban,” Congo Justice, and More

Unveiling the Truth: Why 32 Women Wear the Full-Face Veil in France

April 2011

This Open Society Foundations report aims to distinguish the myths from the reality about Muslim women in France who wear the full-face veil.

Congo Justice: The Defendants Arrive

April 13, 2011, by Chuck Sudetic

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Hundreds of onlookers gather round, undeterred by the rain and mud, as a mobile court in eastern Congo begins the trial of soldiers and policemen accused of rape. An eyewitness chronicle.

Haiti: Lifting an Economy from the Rubble

April 12, 2011, by Chuck Sudetic

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Building an open society in Haiti requires foreign investment that will spur sufficient economic growth—sometimes cinder block by cinder block.

How (Not) to Promote Autocracy in Central Asia

April 11, 2011, by Cornelius Graubner

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The police sector in Central Asia is in serious need of reform, but Western reform projects bring with them their own kinds of problems.

What Is Complementarity? Q & A with James A. Goldston

April 11, 2011, by Will Cohen

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Unfamiliar with the concept? You aren’t alone. Welcome to the next big thing in international justice.

A Day of Silence

April 11, 2011, by Michael Franklin

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More than three out of five LGBT students in the U.S. feel unsafe at school because of their identity. Nearly 85 percent have been verbally harassed, and 40 percent physically harassed. Their silence is a result.

What’s at Stake in Nigeria’s Elections

April 8, 2011, by Sarah Pray

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Will Nigeria’s upcoming elections live up to the people’s hope for free and fair elections?

Reconciliation, Human Rights, and a U.S. Exit Strategy in Afghanistan

April 6, 2011

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Can reconciliation offer a peaceful way forward for Afghanistan and its neighbors, or will compromises with the Taliban undermine long-term stability and human rights in Afghanistan?

One Year After the Uprising: Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan

March 29, 2011

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This Open Society Foundations event explores the current status of human rights in Kyrgyzstan one year after its popular uprising.

China’s first rocket launch base to boost tourism

LANZHOU – China’s first and largest rocket and satellite launch base, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, aims to boost tourism over the next five years, an official with the local tourism bureau said Wednesday.

The city in Northwest China’s Gansu Province plans to boost tourism by building major tourist attractions emphasizing regional culture, aerospace technology and wind power, according to the city’s five-year tourism development plan for 2011 to 2015.


The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, established in 1958, just 210 km from downtown Jiuquan in the desert of Gansu Province, is the nation’s only manned spacecraft launch center since Shenzhou-5 blasted off in October 2003.

The city’s plans include offering new attractions and opening up new spaces to the public, including parts of Dongfeng Park within the city’s center. An aerospace-themed cultural town and more interactive aerospace experience programs and facilities will be constructed to attract vacationers.

Additionally, a wind power museum will be built near China’s first million kilowatt wind power station in Jiuquan.


Open Society Foundations

Moldova’s New Government: The First 100 Days

Location: National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C.
Event Date: April 13, 2011
Event Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ben Morano
Please RSVP over email by Monday, April 11.

The National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Foundations, and the Moldova Foundation host a panel discussion on the current political situation in the Republic of Moldova.

Right to Information in Africa: Who’s Ahead? Who’s Falling Behind?

Location: OSI-Washington, D.C.
Event Date: April 13, 2011
Event Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Mukelani Dimba, Agnes Ebo’o, Maxwell Kadiri, Abdul Tejan-Cole

The Open Society Foundations host a panel discussion on the right to information movement in Africa, focusing on the major challenges, recent developments, and options moving forward.

U.S. Leadership at the UN Human Rights Council

Location: Congressional Meeting Room South, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Event Date: April 14, 2011
Event Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Carlos Portales, Dokhi Fassihian, Eileen Donahoe, Hadi Ghaemi, Paula Schriefer, Thaung Htun

Freedom House, the Democracy Coalition Project, and the Open Society Foundations host a briefing on the importance of U.S. engagement at the UN Human Rights Council. Featuring Voices from the Ground: Iran and Burma


Dirty Little Secrets: Tax Havens in the U.S. and U.K.

Location: OSI-Washington, D.C.
Event Date: April 14, 2011
Event Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Nicholas Shaxson, Rebecca Wilkins, Sarah Pray

Author Nicholas Shaxson discusses how the United States and the UK perpetuate the use of tax havens and their impact on the global economy and developing world.


HOT—Mark Hertsgaard in Conversation with Climatologist James Hansen

Location: OSI-New York
Event Date: April 14, 2011
Event Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Speakers: Mark Hertsgaard, James Hansen, Nancy Youman

Legendary climate scientist James Hansen and journalist Mark Hertsgaard discuss the new realities of global warming and the profound challenges they present, now and in the future.