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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.

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.

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.

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