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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.

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.


Human rights mainstreaming in climate change policy: a glass half full

The UN’s human rights bodies can’t solve the problem of climate change – but that doesn’t mean they have no role to play in pushing for more ambitious action to meet this global threat. EspañolFrançais

The Common (Wealth) of Youth

Youth participation is vital to the global rights movement, yet institutions are not confronting obstacles facing youth. The Commonwealth organization and its programsmust strive for active youth involvement in agenda shaping.

India’s environmental flashpoints

AAbannerEconomic progress is clashing with environmental rights in India, and proposed legal forms are shrinking democratic spaces—increasing the likelihood of violence. Español

Losing girls: post Ebola in Sierra Leone

The effects of Ebola on Sierra Leone will be felt long after the country is declared Ebola-free, and girls are being particularly ostracized and stigmatized.

Human rights aren’t revolutionary? Good!

Human rights are no longer “revolutionary”, but that’s a good thing. EspañolFrançais

The UN and children in armed conflict: playing politics?

The Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on children in armed conflict is supposed to protect the most vulnerable, but some countries are effectively wielding political power to escape scrutiny. Françaisالعربية

The death penalty is a Commonwealth problem

The Commonwealth lags behind global trends on abolition, but taking an official stance against the death penalty would put it back on the international stage. Français

Can we really eliminate FGM in Egypt by 2030?

Without a full exploration of the relationship between sexual norms and FGM in Egypt, it will be difficult—if not impossible—to eliminate the practice.  Françaisالعربية

Climate change poses an existential threat to human rights

It’s obvious climate change is a human rights issue. Less obvious is that saying so doesn’t necessarily help much, and indeed exposes the limitations of rights advocacy in achieving systemic economic reform. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Greening human rights

The protection of human rights and a healthy environment are mutually reinforcing – a fact that is gaining increasing international legal recognition. EspañolFrançaisالعربية

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