Public opinion on human rights is the true gauge of progress

External, “objective” measures of South Korea’s human rights progress will only take us so far. We need the opinions of the people. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights. Español, 한국어

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Research-based messaging and support for human rights

Amidst widespread negative views on human rights in the UK, public opinion research can help improve outreach strategies. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Public opinion on human rights is the true gauge of progress

External, “objective” measures of South Korea’s human rights progress will only take us so far. We need the opinions of the people. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights. Español, 한국어

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Research-based messaging and support for human rights

Amidst widespread negative views on human rights in the UK, public opinion research can help improve outreach strategies. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

This week's editor

James Ron

James Ron hosts this week's openGlobalRights theme: public opinion and human rights.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Drawing the line between free speech and online radicalisation

Two court rulings in Denmark and Sweden reveal the contradictions at the heart of the European debate on free speech versus incitement to terrorism.

Public opinion on human rights is the true gauge of progress

External, “objective” measures of South Korea’s human rights progress will only take us so far. What we need now are the opinions of the people. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Español, 한국어 

Research-based messaging changes public support for human rights

Amidst widespread negative views on human rights in the UK, public opinion research can help improve outreach strategies. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañolFrançais

Let's change how we think about mental health

Seeing psychological distress as a mental health problem supports a modern cultural myth.

Capitalist dispossession and new justifications of slavery

Discussions of migration are becoming increasingly dystopian. Based upon either exclusion or exploitation, new neoliberal arguments for open borders are not about freedom, but institutionalised domination.

What David Cameron could learn from Marx about radicalisation (but probably won't)

In the hands of politicians religion becomes impregnated with 'polemical bitterness' - to talk about religion without considering its 'political tendencies' is to chose a path of willful blindness. 

The Lab-Lib pact that never was, but should have been

What would have happened if Clegg had stood down and allowed Cable to lead?

Greferendum: an anthology

Some of our best contributors on the Greek crisis give their thoughts on how they would vote in Sunday's referendum.

In surprisingly fine fettle: the Turkish election

Grassroots social movements of the style seen at Occupy can be converted into actions that will force their relevance upon established political structures.

North Ossetia is rethinking its role as Russia's ‘outpost’ in the Caucasus

From ‘outpost’ to ‘outpostism’ and then to ‘outposter’, North Ossetians are feeling increasingly alienated from the Russian centre.

What is at stake in the Greek referendum?

How will Greece be able to fix its economy in a desert landscape, with no appetite for reforms, without helpful partners and with a crippled democracy?

Iran’s nuclear programme and the battle of the oligarchies

A contest of domestic elites with differing interests and strategic visions is a crucial, neglected element pervading Tehran's nuclear diplomacy.

¿A tres minutos del apocalipsis?

El "Reloj del Fin del Mundo", medida acreditada de lo cerca que está el mundo de la catástrofe, se ha puesto de nuevo en marcha. Este artículo fue publicado por primera vez en openDemocracy el 30 de junio de 2015. English

Use of force: the American public and the ethics of war

Survey data suggest that most Americans weigh the ethics of war with a heavy bias towards protecting American lives and national security. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights. Español, Françaisالعربية

I was on a Russian nationalist hit list

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In Moscow City Court, the suspected leader of a far-right terror group with links to the Kremlin stands accused of five murders. I was on their hit list.

 

North Sinai and Egyptian media

Early on 1 July, an Islamic State affiliate started a massive and unprecedented attack in Egypt. Once again, the media is failing to verify the information it spreads.

International law and US public support for drone strikes

When it comes to public opinion on drone strikes, the UN and NGOs may have more influence than we think. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañolFrançaisالعربية

¿Se acaban los socialismos del siglo XXI?

Hay indicios que los gobiernos latinoamericanos llamados del “socialismo del siglo XXI” en Venezuela, Bolivia y Ecuador conocen pérdidas de reconocimiento y sus presidentes tan populares están perdiendo la aceptación excepcional que tuvieron. English

Is this the end of the Latin American 21st century socialisms?

Public support for the Latin American governments of so-called “21st century Socialism” in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador is waning, and their broadly popular presidents are losing the remarkable acceptance they have enjoyed in previous years.

The future of Scots

There is a responsibility on those working in Scots to use the language imaginatively, and to break it into new political possibilities.

Why we recommend a NO in the referendum - in 6 short bullet points

The future demands that, with the power vested upon us by that NO, we renegotiate Greece's public debt as well as the distribution of burdens between the haves and the have nots.

Islamic State vs Britain

The massacre of tourists in Tunisia's coastal resort of Sousse reveals Islamic State's intention to target Britain. There is more to come.

Undermining indigenous self-determination and land access in highland Peru

While current neoliberal privatisation laws provide for protections to indigenous lands, no formal or informal mechanisms exist for natives to actually enjoy such safeguards.

Transforming ‘beasts into men’: colonialism, forced labour and racism in Africa

European colonisers maintained their workforce with forced labour after slavery was abolished, claiming work would do Africans good. This opened up new dangers to an already vulnerable population.

Greece and immigration: the nadir of European integration

Significantly, centre-left governments also aligned themselves with the conservative majority, providing further evidence for the argument that European Social Democratic parties are incapable of an alternative European leadership.

Parliamentary politics as the hot potato of post-election Turkey: progress or paralysis?

The elections have been widely interpreted as a revitalization of parliamentary politics in Turkey. Yet a paralyzed parliament's inability to tackle key issues may prove the undoing of opposition promises of change.

Wartime rape is no longer kept under wraps in Kosovo

Two recent milestones in Kosovo – an official monument recognising women’s suffering during the Kosovo War, and an art installation commemorating wartime rape – shows that change may be coming to a topic long taboo in the country.

Women of Kosovo: a mirage of freedom and equality

A female President and political discourse that trades in 'gender equality' can't paper over the continued corrosive effects of patriarchy in Kosovo, from property law to social taboos.

Greek referendum: voting for or against Europe?

Why does Syriza say that it wants to stay in the Euro while doing exactly the opposite of what is required to achieve it?, To Potami asks.

To save our health service MPs must stand together and back the NHS Reinstatement Bill

The Bill, which was last week backed by the British Medical Association, seeks to reinstate the NHS based on its founding principles and rid our health service of the inefficiencies and fragmentation of the market.