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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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

Internationalizing human rights NGOs is not a zero-sum game

Internationalizing human rights NGOs can benefit everyone; it’s not a zero sum game. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Internationalizing human rights NGOs: why, how, and at what cost? EspañolPortuguês

New trend, old roots: “internationalization” in Amnesty’s history

For Amnesty International, the growing trend of “internationalization” has very old roots. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Internationalizing human rights NGOs: why, how, and at what cost?  Español

Home, for Algeria’s Jews, is elsewhere

Intolerance towards Algerian Jews has been driven by geopolitics and history, not religion. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Religion and Human Rights. العربية

The ICC in Libya – justice delayed and denied

The ICC has issued only 3 indictments in Libya, and no new ones since 2011 – even amidst growing violence. New approaches are needed to make the Court’s mandate meaningful. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ debate on the ICC. العربية

Global economic scorecards that ignore rights reward intolerance

There’s something wrong when the World Bank and other groups give top marks for ‘competitiveness’ and ‘ease of doing business’ to countries that would criminalize a company’s gay or lesbian employees. EspañolFrançais, Deutsch 

In Egypt, human rights need religion

Religious progressives are vital for Egypt’s human rights; secular groups can’t do it alone. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, “Religion and human rights.” العربية

Secularism can sometimes undermine women’s rights

Rights activists tend to identify secularism with women’s rights, but if we don’t engage with religion, we can’t effectively confront many wrong-headed policies and ideas. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, religion and human rights

Beyond deterrence: the ICC effect in the DRC

When does the ICC have a preventive effect? Evidence from DRC shows that it may not be the logic of deterrence that works best to prevent atrocities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court.  Français

Cracking down on tax abuse will help promote economic and social rights

Advocates for economic, social and cultural rights should focus on tax abuse. A contribution from Amnesty International to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Modi government cracks down on green NGOs

India’s new Modi government trains its guns on environmental activists. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, funding for human rights.

In Latin America, authoritarian “leftists” create new Berlin Walls

While we celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall, authoritarian governments across Latin America are erecting new barriers that are just as damaging. Are citizens voting their rights away by supporting these leaders? Español

Mexico’s crisis is a rare opportunity for domestic rights groups

Mexico is in crisis, but local rights groups can use this as an opportunity to boost public engagement and support. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Human Rights: Mass or Elite Movement?  Español

The ICC and negotiated peace: reflections from Colombia

The Colombian case shows the need for flexibility in balancing the duty to prosecute international crimes with the duty to negotiate an end to the civil war.  A contribution to our debate on the International Criminal Court.  EspañolFrançais

Transnational rights violations call for new forms of cooperation

Human rights violations are increasingly transnational, yet there are no organizations addressing human rights in Israel’s foreign policy. A contribution from Israel to the openGlobalRights debate on internationalizationالعربية ,עבריתEspañolFrançais

Incorporating religion into human rights: a bad idea for Egypt

Incorporating religion into human rights in Egypt would have disastrous effects, considering the intense and often violent discrimination against non-Muslims. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on religion and human rights.  العربية

Peña-Nieto, take note: Mexicans are embracing human rights

Mexican society does not disregard human rights, and Peña Nieto cannot afford to either. A contribution from Mexico to the debate Human Rights: Mass or Elite Movement? Español

The decline of grand treaties? Thoughts after the Lima climate summit

Civil society pressure from the bottom-up, rather than top-down treaty obligations, is the only way to get governments to act on global warming. Español

The ICC’s deterrent impact – what the evidence shows

Despite increased criticism against the International Criminal Court, new evidence suggests that the Court may be having a real deterrent impact. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court. EspañolFrançais

International “naming and shaming” of Mexico won’t suffice without massive domestic mobilization

International actors have done an enormous amount of “naming and shaming” over the disappearance and probable murder of 43 Mexican students. It is up to Mexicans, however, to make the changes that count. Español

Human rights diversity goes beyond North-South relations

Diversifying the global human rights movement involves more than North-South restructuring. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, “internationalizing human rights organizations”. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Confronting racism in the US: are civil rights enough?

A UN committee has recommended that the United States set up a national human rights institution. But why are US government officials resisting the idea?