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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.

No single dataset is sufficient for understanding human rights, nor should it be

Yes, cross-national datasets are inappropriate for understanding the lived experience of those suffering from human rights abuse, but that’s not why we need them.

Yes, human rights scholars conceal social wrongs—when they miss the point

To suggest that relying on cross-national analyses perpetuates human rights abuses is simply fallacious.

How human rights scholars conceal social wrongs

Using cross-national data in human rights research helps perpetuate social wrongs.

No data, no accountability: solving racial violence in the United States

Without adequate data, the US racial divide remains a matter of perception, rather than of careful empirical analysis. Português

Decolonization—not western liberals—established human rights on the global agenda

Human rights scholarship and advocacy claim to be grounded in universality, yet both are anything but in their privileging the Western role in building an international human rights system. Español

Blame South Sudanese leadership, not George Clooney

The crisis in South Sudan is a result of its current leadership – the country wasn’t doomed to fail – and its people welcome celebrities like George Clooney who point this out.

Letter to George Clooney

Celebrity activism risks reducing complex political issues to simple morality tales, leading to emotional politics and irresponsible interventions.

Collaborating with scientists for climate justice

The impacts of climate change intensify existing social inequities by placing disproportionate burdens on vulnerable populations. Collaborations with scientists and community partners could lead to rights-based solutions.

The right place for the Left: the World Social Forum in Montreal

In August 2016, the World Social Forum brought global justice activists to Montreal, the first time it was ever held in the global North. But this reorientation of the movement fell far short of its goals

Two forums, two approaches to advancing the SDGs and human rights

Recent global assemblies make it clear—to achieve the SDGs we need to find ways to hold governments, UN agencies and the private sector accountable for the pledges they made.

Making economic rights “real” with stakeholder dialogues

When businesses go into a poor community, how can those most affected have more influence over the agenda?


Demagogues and populists must be challenged – UN High Commissioner speaks out

A cross border bonding of demagogues and populists poses a grave risk to human rights, and we are doing too little to challenge their lies and half-truths.

Human rights data used the wrong way can be misleading

While data is important for human rights advocacy, the risks of misleading people are also very real and advocates must insist on rigor.


The UN undermined both public health and human rights in Haiti

Failing to acknowledge its involvement in the 2010 Cholera outbreak in Haiti, the UN undermined public health norms and violated the human rights standards that it asks countries to uphold. Español

Will tougher sentences prevent female genital mutilation in Egypt?

Egypt is considering tougher sentences and stiffer fines for doctors and parents who perform female genital mutilation on their daughters. But will that change anything? العربية

Human rights and the failed coup in Turkey

There are risks for human rights in the post-coup purges in Turkey. But we must applaud more loudly the coup’s failure as a victory for human rights and democracy. Türkçe

Taking stock—the Universal Periodic Review's achievements and opportunities

After 10 years, the UN’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism for scrutinizing Member States’ human rights records is having a real impact—but more must be done to ensure its continued success. Français

Human rights organizations and the state: how different are we really?

How different are human rights organizations and the state institutions they challenge? A key Israel group has pulled away from cooperation with the army, arguing that some close ties are counter-productive.

Dying in pain in the global South

Throughout the developing world, people are dying in pain due to an inability to access proper medication. But the problem is about much more than money. Español

Are human rights treaties a “reputational umbrella” for foreign investment?

Evidence suggests that human rights treaties provide a reputational shield for companies to invest in the worst rights-violating countries.

Scientists and engineers as partners in protecting human rights

Growing interest in pro bono service among scientists and engineers is generating new opportunities for human rights organizations. Español

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.


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. Français

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?

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