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.

How revolutionary are global human rights?

Facing global protests over the lack of social justice and democracy, are international human rights organizations ready to be more openly political? Or are human rights simply the wrong tool for the job?  EspañolFrançais

Africa’s social movements present opportunities, not threats, for rights groups

After decolonization, many African political groups lost touch with the grassroots. Let’s not let the same happen to the continent’s professional human rights groups. Português, Español

Nationality laws – a new battleground for women’s equality

More than 60 countries deny women equal rights with men to acquire, change or retain their nationality – a new global campaign aims to change that.  Françaisالعربية

The struggle for nonhuman rights

The Nonhuman Rights Project argues that certain animals should be legal persons. In the world of rights, what divides persons and things?  EspañolFrançais

Human rights – taking sides for Net Neutrality

‘Net neutrality’ means non-discriminatory access to an open internet, and new US rules – pushed by activists – block companies from undermining this. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Eliminating female genital mutilation by 2030

The UN’s proposed new development goals include a target to end harmful traditional practices like FGM by 2030. We now know the key steps needed to get there. Françaisالعربية

Firm yet flexible: keeping human rights organisations relevant

With issues and actors constantly evolving, traditional human rights organizations and activists must balance conventional and innovative methods. EspañolPortuguês

Let’s get fiscal – human rights advocates are tackling tax injustice

The human rights community cannot stay silent about tax abuse. Both normative developments and practical experiences point to how human rights can shape tax policy. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

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

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


Corporate concern for human rights essential to tackle climate change

We have the means to create a green and equitable economy, but first corporations must embrace sustainable growth strategies that include a concern for human rights.

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

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 

The decline of grand treaties? Thoughts after the Lima climate summit

Civil society pressure from the bottom-up, rather than top-down treaty obligations, is the only way to get governments to act on global warming. Español

Confronting racism in the US: are civil rights enough?

A UN committee has recommended that the United States set up a national human rights institution. But why are US government officials resisting the idea?

Doors closing on judicial remedies for corporate human rights abuse

It is getting harder to seek legal redress for corporate human rights abuse in the countries where they are headquartered, and those pursuing such efforts face increased harassment. EspañolFrançais, Ру́сский

Exposing torture - the virtue of American hypocrisy

While critics cry hypocrisy over the recent US Senate report on torture, we need to rethink whether hypocrisy might have some virtue and if it might be better than some alternatives. Español

Human rights – help or hindrance to combatting climate change?

Although the human rights framework brings out the inequities inherent in both the causes and impacts of global warming, it risks perpetuating a flawed development model that is the root of the problem.

Time for the US to reaffirm its commitment to children’s rights

On the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the US should join this important treaty so that it can better promote children’s rights at home and abroad.

Prosecuting corporate complicity in Argentina’s dictatorship

Argentina put its dictators on trial after the 1976-1983 reign of state terror. Now courts are investigating the role of prominent corporations in the kidnapping, torture and disappearance of their workers. Español

Privacy and security in cyberspace: right of all or luxury of the few?

Evidence shows human rights groups subject to persistent and targeted digital attacks, compromising their information. Governments, donors and companies need to act to protect the privacy rights of all. EspañolFrançais

One step forward, two back? Dalit women’s rights under economic globalisation

The economic reforms begun in India in 1991 were couched in the language of ‘modernisation’, yet they have done little to challenge the caste and gender discrimination faced by Dalit women - in some ways their situation is worse.   

Ebola, human rights, and poverty – making the links

The Ebola crisis shows the necessity of a human rights approach to public health that focuses on discrimination and accountability, and the crisis itself has been driven by deep inequities in access to basic rights and a legacy of conflict and mass human rights abuse.  

Development and human rights – a plea for a more critical embrace

The human rights framework provides an inadequate tool for understanding the deeper processes of development, and its uncritical embrace risks imposing a legal and bureaucratic rationality that will further mask violence and degradation. Español

Inside and out at the human rights museum

Controversy at Canada'a new Museum for Human Rights about what gets in is unsurprising, but we should welcome – not bemoan – such dispute. Few things are more undermining of the human rights project than the notion that human rights are beyond controversy.

Human rights dilemmas in the never-ending peace process

The logic of the promised two-state solution to the Israeli—Palestinian conflict can lead human rights advocates to downplay or ignore the defense of important rights, like full equality and political participation.  

Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights

Human rights have become a casualty of geo-politics in the post-2015 development process. A more holistic understanding of human rights accountability across borders can turn the tables in a stale debate. العربية

Strengthening UN treaty bodies: some modest steps forward

The recently concluded process to strengthen the UN human rights treaty bodies fell far short of expectations, but still offers some hope for a more effective and better-resourced system. 

Business & human rights standards fail indigenous peoples in Bolivia & Chile

Many international standards require business to consult with indigenous groups regarding major infrastructure and mining projects, but recent research in Bolivia and Chile shows too few do, and governments are failing to enforce these standards.    

Social justice in the penal state – can human rights help?

Most human rights advocacy that focuses on the criminal justice system is largely concerned with questions of treatment and procedure, and fails to critically examine and expose the increasing penalization of poverty.   

Human rights advocates must challenge class and exclusion, not fall prey to sectarian analysis

Those defending human rights must undertake a more rigorous and political analysis of the economic and social factors that breed exclusion, or risk tacitly supporting facile, sectarian explanations for conflict and discrimination.

“Where the Emperor can’t enter:” rethinking the case for property and housing rights in China

China’s property boom and the struggles over land and housing it entails shows that arguments for human rights should not hinge on considerations of economic growth.

The Responsibility to Protect after Libya – dead, dying or thriving?

Controversy over the UN-authorized NATO intervention in Libya has not – contrary to what some expected – diminished support for R2P in the UN the Security Council, which increasingly invokes the concept. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, R2P and the Human Rights Crisis in Syria.

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