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Dear OpenGlobalRights (OGR) Readers, 

We are very excited to share OpenGlobalRights' new website with you!   

OGR launched here as a section of openDemocracy in June 2013 with support from the Ford Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Since then our team and network has grown and we have launched 18 thematic series and published over 1400 articles and translations in 24 languages. These have been authored by over 580 human rights activists, scholars, donors and practitioners in more than 60 countries. 

Over the last year, we solicited and received feedback on our progress from partners, evaluators and readers. With this input and much deliberation, we decided to develop a new independent platform to continue facilitating critical exchanges on human rights strategies and policy worldwide. On the new site, we will continue to publish articles in many languages while also making other resources such as cutting-edge data on public opinion towards human rights available.  

As we transition to our new site and begin publishing content there, our full archive will remain here on openDemocracy and we will continue to disseminate content through openDemocracy’s networks in the coming months. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and readership! We look forward to growing with it at www.opeglobalrights.org

All the best,

The OGR Team


Last week on OpenGlobalRights: communities influence investment banks but the UN loses credibility

Last week on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated whether community-led activism can influence big investment banks, how the “three generations” theory of human rights should be debunked, and why people in the global South do not trust the UN. 

Last week on OpenGlobalRights: climate change, women’s health, and the “dirt” on clean energy

Last week on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated childrens’ and women’s rights in relation to climate change, the value in watering down rights rhetoric, and false promises behind “clean” energy.

Last week on OpenGlobalRights: bad faith, effective campaigning and climate protectors

Over the last week OpenGlobalRights authors debated what makes an effective campaign, the Achilles’ heel of the European Court of Human Rights and launched a series on climate change and human rights.

Last week on OpenGlobalRights: corporate responsibility, prison populations, and forced migration

Last week on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated corporate information sharing, drug reform and prisons in Latin America, the US role in forced migration, and more.

Recently on OpenGlobalRights: authors debate human rights' relationship as democracy declines

Catch up on OpenGlobalRights, where recent articles discuss effective coalition building, using court judgements to uphold human rights, elections at the UN Human Rights Council, and the decline of human rights institutions in the face of populist democracies. 

Recently on OpenGlobalRights: authors debate rising threats and challenges in human rights

Catch up on OpenGlobalRights lastest publications, where recent articles discuss security threats to activists, closing space in Nigeria, tax structures that enable corporations to hide culpable actors, and more.

Integrating a psychosocial perspective in human rights works

Integrating a psychosocial perspective requires the incorporation of psychosocial support and self-care into job descriptions and work plans. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and human rights. Español

“No One Warned Me”: the trade-off between self-care and effective activism

Is there a trade off between protecting your mental health as an activist and doing effective work? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and human rights. العربية.

Making our movements sustainable: practicing holistic security every day

What does holistic security and collective self-care in human rights work look like on a day-to-day basis? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and human rights. العربية. Français. Español.

A levy in the African Union could be a step towards independence

A new levy in the African Union could lead to more financial independence—but who is funding human rights? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on funding for human rights. Français.

‘If I lose my freedom’: preemptive resistance to forced confessions in China

Human rights defenders in China are increasingly using pre-recorded statements to control narratives to protect themselves against forced confessions. 简体中文. 

International organizations and the crisis of legitimacy

When international organizations face legitimacy problems, they need to address governance issues, conflicts of interest, and poor leadership.

Evicted rights in Spain: no room of one’s own

Thousands of people are being evicted in Spain due to austerity measures, and women are disproportionately affected by structural inequality. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights. Español

The moral hazards of conflating what is useful with what is right

To suggest that we should only seek to understand perpetrators if it’s “useful” is contrary to the universality of human dignity. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

Revolutions are built on hope: the role of funders in collective self-care

Funder practices are vital to alleviate partner advocates’ stress, anxiety, and burnout from uncertainty or rigid requirements. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and human rights. Español.

Exploring new possibilities beyond foreign funding in Brazil

Brazil has a potentially large philanthropy market, and social media may be key to tapping into this resource. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on funding and human rights. Português. Español

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.

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 . 

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