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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

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Linking online campaigns to offline action has become critical in challenging closing spaces in Nigeria.

Effectively motivating people to care about human rights depends largely on where they fall on the political spectrum.

Despite pessimism about the future of human rights, data on treaty ratification and reservations suggest that we are marching toward universality.


These are hard times for human rights, but pessimists should not underestimate how resilient and powerful human rights defenders can be.

When companies use legal loopholes to mask beneficial owners, it becomes almost impossible for human rights defenders to hold them to account.

Fundraising should never just be about money—it must also be about raising awareness of human rights and social justice.

The paradigmatic wall that separates lawyers into two camps—private and public—is a barrier to the possibilities and a threat to the health and resilience of our societies.

Rather than defending our existing human rights movement, advocates from multiple avenues must come together to debate the next step forward.

Using theater to raise awareness on rights issues not only educates the audience—it also creates empathy and connection.

Are we facing hard times for human rights, or are these ups and downs in global affairs to be expected with liberal norms and principles?

Human rights organizations and funders in Latin America need to rethink how they protect  defenders in light of increasing threats from non-state actors and impunity encouraged by the state. 

Integrating a psychosocial perspective requires the incorporation of psychosocial support and self-care into job descriptions and work plans

Is there a trade off between protecting your mental health as an activist and doing effective work?

What does holistic security and collective self-care in human rights work look like on a day-to-day basis?

A new levy in the African Union could lead to more financial independence—but who is funding human rights? 

Human rights defenders in China are increasingly using pre-recorded statements to control narratives to protect themselves against forced confessions. 

When international organizations face legitimacy problems, they need to address governance issues, conflicts of interest, and poor leadership.

Thousands of people are being evicted in Spain due to austerity measures, and women are disproportionately affected by structural inequality. 

To suggest that we should only seek to understand perpetrators if it’s “useful” is contrary to the universality of human dignity. 

Brazil has a potentially large philanthropy market, and social media may be key to tapping into this resource.