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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 13, 2015

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Abdulwahab Alkebsi and Mohamad Malouche urge Tunisians to embark on far-ranging economic reform. Ola Cichowlas and Andrew Foxall explain why democrats have reason to worry about the dramatic rise of business tycoon and populist politician Andrej Babis. Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez looks ...

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Abdulwahab Alkebsi and Mohamad Malouche urge Tunisians to embark on far-ranging economic reform.

Ola Cichowlas and Andrew Foxall explain why democrats have reason to worry about the dramatic rise of business tycoon and populist politician Andrej Babis.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez looks at the Latin American ex-presidents who are speaking out against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

In a photo gallery, Brennan O’Connor gives us a rare glimpse into daily life in a Catholic leprosy colony near Burma’s border with China.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

The Human Rights Foundation condemns the 13-year prison sentence handed down to Maldivian opposition leader (and DemLab contributor) Mohamed Nasheed. Last week, Nasheed revealed the high-profile international legal team — including Amal Clooney — that will defend him, according to Zaheena Rasheed of Minivan News.

At Opendemocracy.net, Rebecca Tinsley explains why the international community should denounce Sudan’s sham elections, which begin today.

Dennis Lynch of the International Business Times reports on the Ukrainian parliament’s decision to open Soviet-era KGB archives to the public.

In ISLAMiCommentary, Murray Last lays out the many tasks ahead of Nigeria’s newly-elected opposition candidate for president, Muhammadu Buhari.

Samantha Libby of the Committee to Protect Journalists shares a harrowing letter from prison written by an Egyptian journalist. (In the photo, fellow journalists demand his release.)

In the Monkey Cage, Merouan Mekouar describes an uproar in Moroccan social media over proposed changes in the legal system that could be used to crack down on the opposition.

The Syria Justice and Accountability Center argues that compensation for stolen personal property will have to play a role in Syria’s post-conflict transitional justice process.

Buzzfeed’s Jina Moore offers a haunting account of what relatives of the victims of this month’s terrorist attack in Kenya went through to identify the bodies of their loved ones. Writing for the Journalist, Kenyan reporter Argwings Odera explains why corruption in the security apparatus plays a role in terrorist attacks.

Photo credit: MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images

Ilya Lozovsky is assistant editor of Democracy Lab. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he worked as program officer for Eurasia at Freedom House, providing emergency support to human rights activists and organizations across that continent. @ichbinilya

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