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New business models for human rights: What innovative structures and strategies?

Scholars, activists and NGO leaders explore whether and how non-governmental human rights activity can develop outside the prevailing framework of foreign funded non-profit entities. Read on...


Trump and human rights—how should activists respond?

Leading scholars, activists and NGO leaders debate how best to grapple with the rise of an explicitly rights-rejecting superpower. Read on...



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Modi and Trump—voting strongmen, voting hate

Donald Trump’s win in the US and Narendra Modi’s in India two years ago are both about the majority claiming greater victimhood.

Right to privacy requires encrypted messaging

Some tech companies ensure encryption for instant messaging, but others don’t—and there’s no good reason not to in order to ensure our privacy rights are respected. Español

State-owned enterprises in China could be an entry point for human rights

To make headway on human rights in China, advocates need to get creative by partnering with state-owned enterprises. A contribution to the openGlobalRights sub-debate on rethinking the human rights business model. 简体中文

Why the American Electoral College matters for human rights everywhere

The history of the American Electoral College demonstrates the importance of combating violators of human rights and the institutions supporting them. Part of openGlobalRights’ Trump and human rights debate.

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders of foundations, NGOs and aid agencies? EspañolFrançaisPortuguês

The private, the social, and the political: a human rights perspective on transgender bathrooms

When it comes to LGBTIQ rights, bathroom politics reflect and are often linked to much broader questions of inequality and empowerment.

How to pay for legal empowerment: alternative structures and sources

Taking a hybrid approach to legal funding recognizes that different issues require different types of funding. A contribution to openGlobalRights' new models for human rights series. EspañolFrançais

The old world of civic participation is being replaced

Traditional politicians and traditional CSOs are part of an old world that is being replaced by very different forms of civic participation. Part of openGlobalRights new business models for rights series. Español

Making the human rights movement great again—amidst rising nationalism

As angry rhetoric and illiberal nationalism soars globally, the human rights movement needs clear thinking rather than sudden shifts. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ Trump and human rights series.

To preserve human rights, organizational models must change

The current human rights business model is not keeping up with trends in technology, philanthropy, business and society. A contribution to openGlobalRights' new models for human rights series. EspañolFrançais

Beyond blood diamonds: the violence behind the gold route

Illegal gold exchanges between the global North and South are fuelling violence and exploitation, but most consumers are oblivious. Español

Trump, the other and human rights in society

The stigmatization and “othering” we’ve seen in Trump’s campaign will perpetuate systemic inequalities. Part of openGlobalRights' Trump and human rights debate.

Torture prevention works, but only with the right ingredients

A research study recently confirmed that some torture prevention works, but only with the right combination of factors. EspañolFrançaisРу́сский

States shouldn’t use ICC budget to interfere with its work

States complain that the ICC needs to broaden investigations beyond Africa—yet some of the same states are now trying to limit the increased budget needed to do so. Part of openGlobalRights’ ICC debate.

Human rights are not losing traction in the global South

In the debate on whether human rights have stalled, analysts are ignoring huge strides in socioeconomic improvements in the global South. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights. Español

A post-Brexit, post-Trump World could learn from Colombia

A shell-shocked America, a Brexit-divided United Kingdom and a crisis-stricken Europe: they should all note the conciliatory efforts made by Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia. Part of openGlobalRights' Trump and human rights debate. Español

Bringing back waterboarding? Torture policy in Trump’s America

As the US prepares for president Trump, anyone who cares about human rights should be alarmed that he has pledged to restore torture as one of his top five priorities

The ICC needs to ally with victims

To survive the current crisis, the ICC must recruit its most persuasive allies—the victims of atrocity crimes themselves. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court. Français

Trump’s election makes US human rights pariah

A Trump presidency poses a grave threat to human rights—not only in the US but also worldwide.  For human rights advocates, it can’t be business as usual. EspañolFrançais

Trump and the limits of human rights

No matter how good our ancestors were in creating the international human rights system, it cannot change that we might need different options now.  EspañolFrançais

International pressure on US human rights matters now more than ever

Domestic politics are important, but we need international human rights law in the United States now more than ever. EspañolFrançais

Fascism rising

Global institutions and principles now face their sternest test. Trump’s victory suggests human rights activists should devote themselves to the morass of domestic politics, not international law and norms. EspañolFrançais