Hablemos sobre religión

Muchos defensores de derechos humanos trabajan con personas o comunidades que creen en un Dios o en varios dioses, pero pocos de ellos hablan realmente sobre los aspectos concretos de esas creencias. Sin embargo, entender a las personas y las comunidades con las que trabajan es la base de una práctica eficaz de derechos humanos. English

Let’s talk about religion

Many human rights advocates work with people and/or communities who believe in a God or gods, but few are actually talking about the specifics of those beliefs. Understanding the people and communities with whom they work, however, is the foundation of effective human rights practice. Español

The sad fate of R2P: From Libya to the lost chance of Syria

From Syria, optimistic accounts of the continued viability of the R2P norm look badly mistaken.

In India, a pervasive paranoia blocks progress on human rights

NGOs working with untouchables and bonded labour face hostility from upper castes. For these groups, it’s nearly impossible to raise local funds. Without foreign funding, many would have to scale down their activities or face shutdown.

El verdadero poder de los derechos humanos no reside en la religión

No tiene sentido discutir si los derechos humanos se derivan de la religión o si se debe incluir a los líderes religiosos sólo como voces simbólicas. Lo que necesitamos son alianzas auténticas con los grupos religiosos que aprovechen el verdadero poder del movimiento de derechos: la creencia de que todos somos iguales en cuestión de dignidad y derechos. English

The real power of rights is not religion

It’s not useful to debate whether human rights derive from religion or to include religious leaders only as token voices. What we need are authentic alliances with faith groups that harness the real power of the rights movement: a belief that we are all equal in dignity and rights. Español

En Afrique, les droits de l’homme et la religion vont souvent de pair

En Afrique et dans d’autres régions du Sud de la planète, la religion et les droits de l’homme soutiennent des valeurs similaires. Pendant des années la religion a aidé des groupes privés de leurs droits de la manière dont les défenseurs des droits de l’homme espèrent le faire maintenant. Certaines valeurs religieuses posent problème mais les possibilités de collaboration sont importantes. English

In Africa, human rights and religion often go together

In Africa and other regions in the global South, religion and human rights support similar values. For years, religion has helped disenfranchised groups the way human rights activists now hope to do. Some religious values pose challenges, but there is substantial room for collaboration. Français

Can emerging powers break out of narrow strategic imperatives and reboot the global human rights narrative?

The ability of India, Brazil and South Africa to emerge as moral voices from the south to reclaim the human rights narrative is not in doubt, but their willingness to take the global centre-stage is certainly in question.

¿La justicia social se contrapone a los derechos humanos?

Los derechos económicos y sociales son objetivos loables, pero calificarlos como “derechos” trae más perjuicios que beneficios. English

Does social justice work against human rights?

Social and economic rights are laudable goals, but qualifying them as “rights” may actually do more harm than good. Español

As the world’s eyes turn to Brazil, local rights groups must seize the day

The world is watching as Brazil prepares for the World Cup and Olympics. As Northern funding for Brazilian human rights groups declines, local groups must take advantage of this moment, and new philanthropic trends, to develop new sources of financial support. A Brazilian contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, “funding for human rights.” Português

Enquanto os olhos do mundo se voltam para o Brasil, os grupos locais de direitos humanos devem aproveitar o dia

O mundo está de olho enquanto o Brasil se prepara para a Copa do Mundo e as Olimpíadas. Enquanto o financiamento do Norte para os grupos brasileiros de direitos humanos declina, os grupos locais devem aproveitar este momento e as novas tendências filantrópicas para desenvolver novas fontes de apoio financeiro. Uma contribuição brasileira para o debate "financiamento para os direitos humanos" do openGlobalRights. English

No human rights without God

Human rights need God because three ingredients are critical to their validity: universal moral norms, human dignity, and their “trump card” status.  These ingredients are found most vividly in religions grounded in the revelations of God.  They are also rooted in reason, but reason itself points to God.

¿En verdad puede “el pueblo” definir la agenda?

El reciente congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Juristas Demócratas asignó la más alta prioridad a “defender los derechos de los pueblos”, pero ¿qué significa eso en realidad? ¿Debemos presionar para que se utilicen más las declaraciones de derechos humanos que redactaron las élites, o es hora de que “los pueblos” definan la agenda por sí mismos? English

Can “the people” truly set the agenda?

The recent Congress of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers prioritized “lawyering for people’s rights,” but what does this really mean? Should we push for more use of human rights declarations written by elites, or is it time for “the people” themselves to set the agenda? Español

Faith in rights: ethics of the public square

Human rights cannot thrive globally without the support of pluralist religious theologies that are in tune with public culture. In Muslim settings, this means that the shari’a free itself from a narrow traditionalism that has displaced a strong heritage of inclusive and egalitarian ethics.

Using faith to reinforce human rights of Bahá’ís in Iran

An Islamic cleric’s gesture to the persecuted Bahá’í community in Iran shows that in countries where universal human rights standards have little local resonance, appeals for tolerance based on religion, cultural traditions, and domestic history, can help break the deadlock. العربية.

استخدام الدين لدعم حقوق الإنسان للبهائيين في إيران

إن صدور مبادرة من رجل دين إسلامي تجاه المجتمع البهائي المضطهد في إيران يدل على أنه حتى في البلدان التي لا تحظى فيها المعايير العالمية لحقوق الإنسان إلا بصدى محلي قليل فإن الدعوات إلى التسامح على أساس الدين والتقاليد الثقافية والتاريخ الوطني يمكن أن تساعد في كسر الجمود. English

Starting at the top: why rights groups need to engage religious leaders

For human rights to find resonance in the global South, we must connect them to the existing beliefs of the people by engaging religious leaders. Without this cultural resonance, the human movement is doomed to fail. A contribution from India to the openGlobalRights debate, “Religion and human rights.”

La politización de la fe hindú en la India

El hinduismo predica la tolerancia; la Constitución india consagra la pluralidad. Entonces, ¿por qué el comunalismo político divisivo se ha vuelto aceptable, e incluso deseable, cuando se le disfraza de crecimiento económico? En respuesta a Arvind Sharma, este artículo muestra el lado obscuro de la religión y los derechos, y afirma que la misma religión puede encontrar una salida. English, Françaisالعربية.

La politisation de la foi hindoue en Inde

L’hindouisme prône la tolérance, la Constitution indienne garantit la pluralité. Alors pourquoi est-ce que le communautarisme politique semant la division est-il devenu acceptable, voire même éligible, lorsque déguisé en croissance économique? En réponse à Arvind Sharma, cet article montre le côté sombre de la religion et des droits et dit que la religion elle-même peut trouver une porte de sortie. English, Español, العربية.

تسييس الدين الهندوسي في الهند

 تدعو الهندوسية إلى التسامح، وينص الدستور الهندي على التعددية. فلماذا أصبحت الطائفية السياسية المسببة للانقسام مقبولة، حتى في الانتخابات، عندما تتنكر في زي النمو الاقتصادي؟ رداً على أرفيند شارما، يبين هذا المقال الجانب المظلم من الدين والحقوق، ويرى أن الدين نفسه يمكن أن يجد مخرجاً. Español, English, Français

The politicization of Hindu faith in India

Hinduism preaches tolerance, the Indian Constitution enshrines plurality. So why has divisive political communalism become acceptable, even electable, when disguised as economic growth? Responding to Arvind Sharma, this article shows the dark side of religion and rights, and says religion itself can find a way out. Español, Français, العربية.

The hypocrisy of foreign funding laws in Ethiopia

In the constantly shrinking space for civil society around the world, Ethiopia faces some enormous challenges in generating local support. Largely due to the country’s new CSO Proclamation, which severely restricts foreign funding of rights groups, human rights work in the country has nearly shut down. But can local donors pick up the slack?

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