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The openGlobalRights 'openPage' provides a multi-lingual space for critical thinking on human rights discourse and advocacy. While other openGlobalRights pages curate focused debates, the openPage ranges across multiple human rights topics. Our authors raise emerging human rights issues, and debate all manner of strategic challenges. We bring together scholars, advocates, journalists, and practitioners, and publish diverse views from all world regions.

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.

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.

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

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.


Who will stand up to corruption?

Corruption is entrenched throughout global systems—but when will political leaders have the courage to really confront it?  Français

Will evidence of crimes against humanity change anything in Mexico?

A new report argues that widespread human rights violations in Mexico constitute crimes against humanity. But who will stand accountable? Español

Revising perceptions of the rights of older people in Africa

A new African treaty promises to protect the human rights of the elderly.


A treaty to protect the rights of older people is long overdue!

As the world’s population ages, now is the time to begin work on a treaty to give explicit protection to the rights of the elderly.  Français

From taboo to empowerment: menstruation and gender equality

Menstruation and menstrual hygiene are emerging as pivotal issues for gender equality, human rights and development.


Quantitative data in human rights: what do the numbers really mean?

Everyone loves numbers, but when we use them in human rights, how often are we misrepresenting the data?

When national security trumps international humanitarian law, who wins?

International humanitarian law is not a diplomatic conversation devoid of real world implications, and ignoring it creates a free-for-all.

Choosing a new UN Secretary-General who will champion human rights

A new UN Secretary-General must champion human rights – and that means a more transparent, inclusive and merit-based selection process. EspañolFrançais

When international agendas trump the people’s demand for reform, no one wins

As Sri Lanka moves on a new constitution and transitional justice process, it must prioritize local concerns of deepening economic inequalities over an international focus on war crimes.

As the world ages, more must be done to protect the rights of older persons

The UN’s expert on the human rights of the elderly describes the key issues she is dealing with and how she hopes to build support to advance her important agenda. Español

Violence data: what practitioners need to know

The demand for numerical data on human rights has never been higher, but no data can be taken at face value. Español

Without addressing women’s security, we can’t hope for equality

Understanding why and how insecurity affects women is key to overcoming inequality across all dimensions of empowerment. Español

Action on justice facilitates political solutions to conflict

Taking decisive steps towards accountability will be critical to reconciliation in  Sri Lanka before frustrations rise again.


The threat of human rights

Human rights become a threat when they endanger state structures of domination. Español, العربية ,עברית 

Holding businesses to account in Latin America

Colombia and Argentina are taking steps to hold businesses accountable for human rights abuses – will they be effective? Español

What does Zika have to do with inequality? Everything.

Women’s rights advocates are using fears around Zika to fight for better access to birth control, but in Latin America the issues run much deeper than that. Español

The politics of punishing war crimes in Sri Lanka

Prioritising the punishment of war criminals in Sri Lanka over other measures to achieve reconciliation risks re-empowering the extremists and undermining the government’s genuine reform efforts.

Making the ASEAN Economic Community human rights-friendly

The ASEAN Economic Community should insert human rights rules into its implementation plan before integrating the vast Southeast Asian market. Bahasa

End the attacks—protecting the rights of persons with albinism

A newly appointed UN expert sets out a plan to protect the rights of persons with albinism. Kiswahili

Will the Commonwealth finally step up in Sri Lanka?

In Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth has a unique opportunity to restore its place on the global stage. But will it work?

Digging deeper: the impact of coal on human rights

With governments making commitments at the Paris Conference of Parties (COP21), global leaders must understand the impact and future of coal as a matter of human rights.

The myopia of human rights

The legalism of the human rights framework makes it blind to the cooperation and sense of civic responsibility that truly makes us human and accounts for our uniqueness.

Justice over rights?

Human rights organisations like Amnesty International have been advancing social justice through social and economic rights, while others choose more confrontational approaches. What are the potentials and pitfalls of different approaches to social justice? EspañolFrançais

Advancing social justice through human rights at Amnesty International

In expanding its work on economic and social rights to look more closely at issues of resource allocation and distribution, Amnesty may appeal to some—but not all—of the constituencies demanding social justice. Español

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 

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

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.


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