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American foreign policy is at the root of forced migration from different parts of the world, and human rights advocates must address the problem at its heart.

Legal reform is needed to ensure that victims of human rights abuses have access to the relevant information they need to challenge corporations.

The practice of candidates for election to the UN Human Rights Council appearing on clean slates makes a mockery of the “elections” and undermines the quality of membership of the Council.

When indigenous rights are not observed, communities that shift their demands from the state to the corporation may trade in one form of power imbalance for another.

The battle for human rights—as seen in the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar—may be losing ground as populist democracy becomes entrenched.

Even where rights are on the rocks, citizen solidarity and resilient rule of law are the best bets to contest regression.

To restore people’s faith in liberal democracy, will the human rights community need to scale back to a “core” set of rights, or open up to more diverse understandings?

The UN Human Rights Council falls seriously short in its mandate to ensure effective enjoyment by all of all human rights. It needs real reform—not another reform process.

In human rights work, practicing the same habits does not guarantee improvement over time.

Help nominate countries for a pilot study aiming to produce cross-national human rights data on a comprehensive list of internationally recognized human rights.

In Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil, courts have defied presidents and shaken up politics—is court-centric advocacy one of the few remaining avenues to legitimately challenge unlawful measures?

How are racism, xenophobia and other forms of extremism challenging human rights advocacy?

To avoid sinking to the lowest common denominator, activist coalitions must play to individual strengths and find an effective strategic convener.

When the ACLU uses civil rights and free speech to defend white supremacists, it reflects the ideological foundations of rights discourses that try to erase white violence.

In Guatemala, children’s rights advocates are often the most heavily burdened and the most frequently ignored. 

Combined with growing fundamentalism and sectarianism, Indonesia once again is in dire need of a human rights movement for change.

Many Brazilians indicate that they would accept authoritarianism and government violence to solve social problems.

Anti-ICC narratives resonate with a crucial minority of Kenyan citizens, but not with victims of political violence.

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.