Newest Debate: Internationalizing human rights organizations - why, how, and at what cost?

Human rights organizations, networks and movements are expanding, broadening, and internationalizing. Groups based in the global north are trying to sink southern roots, while groups based in the south are trying to become more cross regional and global. Read on...

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Small steps forward? International pressure and accountability for atrocities in Sri Lanka

In countries like Sri Lanka – not party to the ICC – international pressure plays an important role in keeping a focus on the issue of accountability for mass atrocities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights’ debate on the ICCEspañolFrançais

Human rights – taking sides for Net Neutrality

‘Net neutrality’ means non-discriminatory access to an open internet, and new US rules – pushed by activists – block companies from undermining this. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Do-It-Yourself-Aid: alternative funding sources for rights work?

Is “Do-It-Yourself-Aid” the answer to funding rights work? Anne-Meike Fechter describes this model, its funding and related implications, as a contribution to openGlobalRights’ funding for human rights debate. Español

In the UK, public discourse undermines support for human rights

The UK media does not do justice to the phrase, “human rights”. Rights activists must shift their framework to earn the public’s support. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ Human Rights: masses or elite movement debate.

Eliminating female genital mutilation by 2030

The UN’s proposed new development goals include a target to end harmful traditional practices like FGM by 2030. We now know the key steps needed to get there. Françaisالعربية

Firm yet flexible: keeping human rights organisations relevant

With issues and actors constantly evolving, traditional human rights organizations and activists must balance conventional and innovative methods. EspañolPortuguês

The Ongwen trial at the ICC: tough questions on child soldiers

LRA commander and former child soldier Dominic Ongwen’s forthcoming trial at the ICC risks obscuring the complex question of how to achieve justice when a victim is also a perpetrator. A contribution to openGlobalRightsICC debateEspañolالعربية

For sanitation, a “rights-based approach” may be the wrong strategy

When it comes to sanitation, rights are not enough. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.


Let’s get fiscal – human rights advocates are tackling tax injustice

The human rights community cannot stay silent about tax abuse. Both normative developments and practical experiences point to how human rights can shape tax policy. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Human rights and results-based management: adopting from a different world

Human rights groups are understandably reluctant to use “results-based management”, but embracing this approach can boost their impact. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Funding for Human Rights.

Decentralizing can make global human rights groups stronger

NGO internationalization is now trendy, but ActionAid realized long ago that giving up power doesn’t mean having less power. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the InternationalizationEspañolFrançais

Disputes over foreign funding in Israel mask much deeper issues

If Israeli human rights groups are labeled fronts for foreign interests due to their funding, what does that make Israel itself? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Funding for Human Rights. العربية  עברית

Muzzling humor in the Ecuadorean Revolution

In Ecuador, Rafael Correa’s government muzzles critique and attacks satirists in an increasingly anti-democratic environment. Español


The Human Rights Council at 10: too much talk, too little action?

There is lots of talk about human rights at the UN Human Rights Council, but too little attention to the violations of those rights in specific countries.  Français

A Geneva Spring? Why civil society needs North-South solidarity

International human rights institutions are weak, but true North-South solidarity in civil society could challenge a broken system. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the Internationalization. Español, Português

Internationalization is about more than just advocacy

As NGOs create global brands rather than a “global civil society”, internationalization reaches beyond human rights advocacy. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the Internationalization. Français

Playing both ends against the middle

The idea of a “global middle” assumes that human rights transcend borders. But do they really? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the Internationalization. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Tackling Egypt’s gender-based violence with crowdsourcing

Can online crowdsourcing help NGOs more effectively tackle gender-based violence in Egypt? Españolالعربية

Why are US police departments still race-biased?

Without better data, we won’t be able to learn why racially biased policing persists, and what we can do about it. EspañolFrançais

Linking mass emigration, violence and human rights violations in Mexico

Mass emigration in Mexico deprives communities of human and social capital, facilitating narco-led violence and human rights abuses. A contribution to the debate, Human Rights: Mass or Elite Movement? Español

Cities: the new guardians of human rights

In monitoring the human rights performance of states, the UN human rights mechanisms engage mostly with central government. Too often, the role of municipal authorities is overlooked despite the crucial role they play in realizing housing and many other rights. FrançaisEspañol

Religion inspires in ways that international law does not

Using extreme examples to justify a purely secular human rights approach does a disservice to the many religious leaders doing progressive work. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Religion and Human Rights. العربية