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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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 internationalizing human rights NGOsEspañol, 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, “internationalizing human rights NGOs: why, how, and at what cost?” 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, “Internationalizing human rights organizations—why, how and at what cost?” 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

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