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Social science experiments: How can they support the work of human rights advocates?

Human rights scholars are increasingly using experimental research methods to explore the impact and efficacy of human rights work. In this series, authors explore when and how experiments can help support evidence-based human rights advocacy. Read on...

Resilience as resistance: Mental health & well-being in human rights

The mental health and well-being of advocates has often been neglected by human rights organizations, funders, and advocates. This series examines a range issues including: research on the mental heath impacts of human rights work, obstacles to advancing mental health and well-being, and strategies to prevent and alleviate the harmful effects of human rights work. Read on...

Engaging with perpetrators for human rights: When, how and at what cost?

This debate explores various perspectives on whether, when and how to engage with perpetrators of human rights abuses, including discussions of ethical, moral and strategic considerations. Read on...


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New strategies for tackling inequality with human rights

To confront inequality, the Ford Foundation is harnessing the human rights framework to address political and socio-economic systems. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights.

Why it’s getting harder (and more dangerous) to hold companies accountable

Corporations are using defamation lawsuits to shut down their detractors—and the problem is only getting worse. Español. Français. 

Collective care in human rights funding: a political stand

To support the activists and groups that we fund, donors must engage in honest conversations around our own burnout and ethics. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on human rights and mental health. العربيةEspañolPortuguês.  

International recognition and public opinion towards conflict and violence

Experiments show international recognition of statehood could change popular support for violence in self-determination conflicts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on social science experiments.

When advocacy work builds resilience, everyone benefits

For many, activism can be healthy and healing. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on human rights and mental healthShqip (Albanian). Español

Ready for anything: how preparation can improve trauma recovery

When in the field, human rights workers must be better prepared for trauma in order to heal from it. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on human rights and mental health. العربية . 

Security and well-being: two sides of the same coin

By not paying enough attention to self-care, activists are compromising their own security—and that of their organizations. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and well-being. Español.

To strengthen digital security for human rights defenders, behavior matters

When approaching digital security for human rights defenders in hostile environments, we need to think more about practical behavior. A contribution the openGlobalRights debate on data and human rights. Español. 简体中文.

Following orders: how expectations might reduce human rights abuses

Understanding the logic of expectations could help us predict why some people follow orders to violate human rights—and others don’t. Español

Discrimination in action: the value of experiments in human rights

A video game experiment in Slovenia reveals discriminatory practices against the Roma—what else might experiments teach us about human rights? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on .

Monetizing the human rights “brand”

Marketing research can help Mexican rights groups monetize their “brand” and boost public donations. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on . Español

Using experiments to improve women’s rights in Pakistan

Experiments on support for women’s rights in Pakistan could improve the implementation and enforcement of UN treaties. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on .

The human rights lab: using experiments to craft effective messaging

Framing issues in different ways can undermine or bolster support of human rights, and experiments can help to explain why. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Español.

Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a weapon against populism

The Sustainable Development Goals could give activists the rhetoric they need to hold the Trump administration accountable. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ debate on Trump and Human Rights.

 

Turning weakness into strength: lessons as a new advocate

Without adequate preparation, new human rights advocates can be easily traumatized and struggle to understand what they are going through. A contribution openGlobalRights’ debate on mental health and well-being.

Engage when we can, confront when we must

Indian human rights workers do not want to engage with the police, but to enact real change, both sides must work together. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

Engagement versus endorsement: Western universities in China

The presence of Western universities in China is on the rise, but they are not following UN principles on corporate social responsibility.

Accountability versus access: collaborating with rights violators in conflict zones

In health care, both access and accountability require understanding and collaborating with rights violators. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging with perpetrators. Français

How new data can—and can’t—support academic research

Human rights practitioners and researchers often ask very different questions when collecting data—how can we bridge these gaps? A contribution to the openGlobalRights on data and human rights.

Why the right to science matters for everyone

The right to science influences everything from freeing wrongfully accused prisoners to crop rotation—but what happens when that right comes under threat?

Why engaging with perpetrators isn’t possible in Iran (yet)

Engagement with Iranian human rights perpetrators might help someday, but in the current political climate it’s simply not possible. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging with perpetrators. فارسی (Fārsi/Persian). 

“Speaking truth to power:” a call for praxis in human rights

Human rights require struggles over power and systems of thought—not just fights against individual violators and institutional inequities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Trump and Human Rights.