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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.

Engagement versus endorsement: Western universities in China

The presence of Western universities in China is on the rise, but they are not following UN principles on corporate social responsibility.

Why the right to science matters for everyone

The right to science influences everything from freeing wrongfully accused prisoners to crop rotation—but what happens when that right comes under threat?

“Speaking truth to power:” a call for praxis in human rights

Human rights require struggles over power and systems of thought—not just fights against individual violators and institutional inequities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Trump and Human Rights.

Fighting stigma: protecting the mental health of African rights advocates

Human rights advocates in Africa face significant challenges in getting past mental health stigmas in order to get help. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and human rights. Français. العربية.

Evidence of trauma: the impact of human rights work on advocates

It’s time to think seriously about the effects of trauma on human rights activists. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and well-being in the human rights. EspañolFrançais

The collapse of authority: violence against prisoners in Latin America

With prison riots and massacres getting out of control in many Latin American countries, what is the future of the region’s prison systems? Español.

Seeing the myth in human rights

To call human rights a “myth” would appear to discredit them, but myth was central in drafting the Universal Declaration. Español


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To understand perpetrators, we must care about them

Preventing future atrocities requires empathetic understanding of how regular people transform into monsters. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetratorsEspañol

To change torture practices, we must change the entire system

Preventing torture goes beyond understanding individuals—it requires changing an entire system that allows for extreme violence. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ series on engaging with perpetrators in human rights.

Will human rights law actually protect us from fascism?

Human rights regimes such as the European Convention on Human Rights are unlikely to shield citizens against the wave of authoritarianism threatening liberal democracies. 

Working with the enemy: the pros and cons of collaborating with perpetrators

What is the best way for human rights activists to engage with perpetrators? There are ethical and strategic reasons to focus on accountability over understanding, but there are also costs. Español. हिंदी.

An elusive justice—holding parent companies accountable for human rights abuse

A UK judgement on Shell’s operations in Nigeria yet again shows the need to prevent powerful multinationals hiding behind their subsidiaries to dodge accountability for human rights abuses. Español

Imagining justice for ethnic communities in Colombia

Reparations for conflict-related harms as set out in the peace accords are only a fraction of many pending debts owed to Colombia’s ethnic communities. Español

Business can and should ally with those defending human rights

Business should heed the views of human rights defenders, and do more to protect their crucial work—which advances the rule of law that benefits business too.  Español

Haiti’s “linguistic apartheid” violates children’s rights and hampers development

Haiti’s educational system routinely discriminates against those who don’t speak French—which is the vast majority of the population. Kreyòl

Voter suppression and human rights in the 2016 American election

Increasing strictness in voter ID laws and voter intimidation are threatening the right to vote in the United States.

A butterfly effect—steps to improve UPR implementation

The UN’s UPR process is proving its worth in encouraging human rights reform on the ground, but action depends on several factors—highlighted in a new report.

Shaming and blaming: assessing the impact of human rights organizations

Shaming by human rights organizations can indeed change state practices, with the right combination of partners and conditions.

Beyond science fiction: Artificial Intelligence and human rights

Artificial Intelligence is growing at rapid pace, and so are significant ethical and human rights dilemmas. Français

Illicit drug sales in the deep web don’t really make trading safer

Crypto markets for buying drugs might make things safer for consumers, but they do nothing to protect people in producer or transit countries. Español

Satire as a tool of resistance in Egypt

In countries where fear is employed as a weapon against freedom of speech, satire is one of the strongest tools of resistance. العربية

The 1967 Convention on Religious Intolerance—the treaty that might have been

The two UN human rights covenants were to be buttressed by a treaty to fight religious intolerance. In 1967, a text was drafted but not adopted—a failure that haunts us still. العربية

Rethinking strategies of child protection

When children become the lead players in recruitment strategies, how can child protection advocates weigh in? Français

The UN shakes up Guatemala with the Commission Against Impunity

The UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has shaken the country’s political system to its core. However, the long-term consequences remain to be seen. Español

Right to privacy requires encrypted messaging

Some tech companies ensure encryption for instant messaging, but others don’t—and there’s no good reason not to in order to ensure our privacy rights are respected. Español

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders of foundations, NGOs and aid agencies? EspañolFrançaisPortuguês

The private, the social, and the political: a human rights perspective on transgender bathrooms

When it comes to LGBTIQ rights, bathroom politics reflect and are often linked to much broader questions of inequality and empowerment.

Beyond blood diamonds: the violence behind the gold route

Illegal gold exchanges between the global North and South are fuelling violence and exploitation, but most consumers are oblivious. Español

Torture prevention works, but only with the right ingredients

A research study recently confirmed that some torture prevention works, but only with the right combination of factors. EspañolFrançaisРу́сский

States shouldn’t use ICC budget to interfere with its work

States complain that the ICC needs to broaden investigations beyond Africa—yet some of the same states are now trying to limit the increased budget needed to do so. Part of openGlobalRights’ ICC debate.

Trump and the limits of human rights

No matter how good our ancestors were in creating the international human rights system, it cannot change that we might need different options now.  EspañolFrançais

International pressure on US human rights matters now more than ever

Domestic politics are important, but we need international human rights law in the United States now more than ever. EspañolFrançais

Fascism rising

Global institutions and principles now face their sternest test. Trump’s victory suggests human rights activists should devote themselves to the morass of domestic politics, not international law and norms. EspañolFrançais

Time to recognize the right to life for those living in homelessness and inadequate housing

An estimated one third of deaths worldwide are linked to poverty and inadequate housing, yet widespread homelessness and inadequate housing are rarely regarded as a violation of the right to life. Español, Français

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.

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