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Newest Debate: Evaluation and impact assessment in human rights

Human rights organizations face a difficult dilemma with regards to evaluation and impact assessment of their work. Although it is required and demanded by most donors, existing tools and methods are mostly unfit for human rights work. Read on...

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Human rights missing from social justice activism

Whether human rights will help us get social justice is on the minds of activists. But is it on the agendas of human rights institutions?  Español 

Morocco’s “soft” repression of human rights activists

Moroccan authorities still use old methods of oppressing opponents. Without popular support, can human rights groups fight back? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Françaisالعربية

Listening to the streets: the Spanish case

Four years after Spain was shaken by mass protests, the country’s electoral politics are changing. Have human rights organizations been affected and will they also change? EspañolPortuguês

Will SDGs lofty ambition undermine advocacy to achieve them?

The SDGs are certainly more comprehensive, and inclusive of human rights concerns and all relevant actors, than the previous development goals, but this may make it harder to hold anyone accountable if they aren’t met. Español

Winning a place for human rights in the new sustainable development agenda

Though far from perfect, the new Sustainable Development Goals include important human rights commitments and do a better job than the MDGs of linking human rights to development. Españolالعربية

In Israel, public opinion matters more when it’s against you

Backed into a corner, Israeli human rights groups are trying to better understand and utilize public opinion. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañolעברית ,العربية

The key to ICC success: widening the reach of international justice

Technical legal arguments are insufficient to address growing disenchantment with the ICC. More must be done to extend the reach of international justice to the powerful. A contribution to openGlobalRightsICC debate. EspañolFrançais

Know thy audience: effective messaging in human rights campaigns

Knowing your audience, and tailoring messages accordingly, will make or break a human rights campaign. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Español

Adding global value? The Commonwealth migrant crisis

Malta is set to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, but the country might prefer to ignore the migrant crisis on its doorstep.


For human rights, majority opinion isn’t always important

If polls don’t target relevant publics, they misinform activism. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.  EspañolFrançaisالعربية

“Small places, close to home”: successful communication on human rights

Effective counter-framing is crucial to improve public opinion on human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañolFrançais

Perceptions on human rights can help—or hinder—state building

Public perception on human rights in the Middle East can provide important insights on state building. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights. Françaisالعربية

The streets at stake in Johannesburg

The struggle for the streets is crucial in making a better world, but whose stories are told is just as important. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Human Rights: Mass or Elite Movement? EspañolPortuguês

Making peace through polls

Public opinion polls can help bring forward the voice of the silent majority, who mostly favour peace in situations of violent conflict. A contribution to openGlobalRightspublic opinion and human rights debate.

It’s all in the frame: winning marriage equality in America

Was there a magic messaging bullet that helped change American public opinion on same-sex marriage? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rightsEspañolFrançais

In Israel, intense combat spurs peace activism

Experience of intense combat not only turns Israeli soldiers against conflict resolution, it can also spur them to become anti-occupation activists. A contribution to the public opinion and human rights debate. العربية ,עברית

Human rights mainstreaming in climate change policy: a glass half full

The UN’s human rights bodies can’t solve the problem of climate change – but that doesn’t mean they have no role to play in pushing for more ambitious action to meet this global threat. EspañolFrançais

When it comes to drones, do Americans really care about international law?

Is American public opinion on drones influenced by international law, or is it the low-to-no American casualties that have more sway? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights. Español, Français

Human rights evaluation—who is it really for?

The human rights community should embrace evaluation not for our donors, but for our beneficiaries. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on evaluation and human rights. Español

The Common (Wealth) of Youth

Youth participation is vital to the global rights movement, yet institutions are not confronting obstacles facing youth. The Commonwealth organization and its programsmust strive for active youth involvement in agenda shaping.

ICC success depends on its impact locally

Delivering justice for victims is the raison d’etre of the ICC. But making justice count for victims requires much more than fair trials in a Hague courtroom. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal CourtFrançais

Making a case for change: the value of strategic plausibility in evaluation

By focusing on strategic plausibility, it’s possible to fulfil accountability needs while also favouring learning. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on evaluation and human rights.  Français