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Newest Debate: Closing space for civil society?

Civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide are under significant pressure as restrictions on foreign funding, barriers to registration, intervention in CSOs’ internal affairs, and other forms of harassment have proliferated. The debate will examine the evidence and experience of closing space in different contexts and sectors and identify the innovative responses. Read on...


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Mapping global business opinions on human rights

A global survey of over 800 corporate leaders shows overwhelming recognition that companies must respect human rights, although confusion regarding the exact scope of their duties is a key obstacle to action.  

Impact investing: a new player in protecting human rights?

Impact investing is rewriting the way companies can improve human rights conditions.

 

Colombia’s constrained peace process: how courts alter peace-making

The Colombia case shows international courts do impact local peace-making, but in ways more subtle and nuanced than commonly claimed. A contribution to openGlobalRights debate on the ICC. Español

In Asia, freedom of speech is critical in the fight for human rights

Protecting freedom of speech, assembly and association in Asia is the lynchpin to protecting all human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

What can Brexit teach us about business and human rights?

The economy we have built isn’t the economy that delivers shared prosperity and shared security for the majority. The business and human rights movement has a fundamental role to play.

The UK government cannot reconcile austerity measures with human rights

UK governments have claimed austerity measures are necessary while ignoring the disproportionate adverse effects on marginalized groups. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.

The political strategy for peace

After 50 years, the Colombian government has signed a historic ceasefire agreement. But how can we get more Colombians on board? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rightsEspañol

The International Labour Organization: workers rights champion or 90-pound weakling?

The ILO oversees the global protection of workers’ rights. It should consider instigating and/or supporting litigation in courts to serve that purpose. A contribution to oGRs’ debate on economic and social rights.

A crisis that shouldn’t be

Polling in over two dozen countries shows much greater public support for refugees than commonly reported. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.  EspañolFrançais

Why America needs a truth commission

In the United States, gun deaths over the last three decades far exceed those reported in truth commissions and civil wars around the world in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

The promises and pitfalls of mobile polling

Mobile polling could revolutionize how civil society and human rights groups operate—if it’s done right. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights. Español

In southeastern Europe, data helps bolster LGBTI rights

Using polling data, the National Democratic Institute is helping LGBTI groups in southeastern Europe build their activist base. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights. EspañolСрпски

Taking chances and innovating in human rights

In our research, human rights workers, academics, activists and funders gave us a lot of reasons not to innovate. But are the risks as big as some might think? Español Português

Three years of openGlobalRights

In three years, openGlobalRights has become a central space for global human rights debate. A seasoned evaluator reviews its progress and recommends next steps. Español

For sexual minorities, “closing space” for civil society means losing access to critical services

Closing space for African sexual and gender minority groups is about far more than advocacy—it is about accessing critical services that no one else provides. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil societyFrançais

Lessons from Kenya: unpacking the ICC’s deterrent effect

Although recent empirical work suggests that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a deterrent effect, Kenya’s experience requires a deeper look. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court.

Naming crimes: genocide and public opinion in the United States

Debates about the label “genocide” distract from the substantive discussion about whether and how to stop the killing. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights.

Brexit and human rights: winter is coming

Given the toxic politics of Farage, Johnson, Le Pen and Trump, will human rights be enough to resist right-wing nationalism in the wake of Brexit?

Now more than ever the UK needs the compass of human rights

It is in uncertain times—like the aftermath of the Brexit vote—that we need human rights the most.

 

To advance more humane refugee policies, we must reframe the debate

Polls measure public opinion on refugees, but studying deeper thinking and issue framing are the keys to understanding people’s willingness to act. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Español

Local funding is not always the answer

In some countries, relying on local funding gives human rights defenders even less freedom. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates on funding for human rights and closing space for civil society.  Españolالعربية

Human rights and the state: embracing and abandoning religion(s)

The debate about whether a state should be religious or secular doesn’t always affect how a society treats religious minorities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on religion and human rights.