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Dear OpenGlobalRights (OGR) Readers, 

We are very excited to share OpenGlobalRights' new website with you!   

OGR launched here as a section of openDemocracy in June 2013 with support from the Ford Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Since then our team and network has grown and we have launched 18 thematic series and published over 1400 articles and translations in 24 languages. These have been authored by over 580 human rights activists, scholars, donors and practitioners in more than 60 countries. 

Over the last year, we solicited and received feedback on our progress from partners, evaluators and readers. With this input and much deliberation, we decided to develop a new independent platform to continue facilitating critical exchanges on human rights strategies and policy worldwide. On the new site, we will continue to publish articles in many languages while also making other resources such as cutting-edge data on public opinion towards human rights available.  

As we transition to our new site and begin publishing content there, our full archive will remain here on openDemocracy and we will continue to disseminate content through openDemocracy’s networks in the coming months. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and readership! We look forward to growing with it at www.opeglobalrights.org

All the best,

The OGR Team


Taking the battle for civic space online

As online spaces become increasingly restricted, human rights activists must stay aware of the risks and benefits of technological developments. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ closing space for civil society debate. Español.

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

Crowdfunding to bypass Russia’s civil society crackdown

With heightened restrictions on foreign funding, reporting on the Russian government’s repression requires creative social media projects. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on new business models for human rights. Ру́сский.

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. 

The fine print: seeing beyond the hype in technology for human rights

With all the hype about new technologies for human rights, activists must think critically and strategically. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on data and human rights

Preparing for terrorism—and potential torture—under President Trump

Will Trump’s unequivocal position on torture affect how the US responds to future terrorist attacks? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Trump and human rights

Tackling inequality: the potential of the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal 10 on reducing inequality will require profound changes to “business-as-usual” and close attention to human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights. Español.

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.

Might Trump lead US activists to rediscover international human rights?

Recent social justice struggles in the US have largely eschewed the language of global human rights. But, Trump might lead US activists to seize human rights again. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ Trump series. Français.

Opportunities for resistance: Trump’s authoritarianism and the law

Human rights values and rule of law are lost on authoritarians, but the need to clothe their action in forms of law is not. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ series on Trump.

Could volunteer-based CSOs be a model for practicing human rights in China?

In China, new laws make fundraising even harder, but the LGBTQ community is getting creative. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on new business models for human rightsEspañol简体中文

Refugee politics from the local to the international

The Trump administration is affecting refugee politics from small towns to the world stage, and activists have a long road ahead. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.

The death knell of American Exceptionalism under Trump

If Trump pushes his agenda too far, Republicans concerned with liberal democracy and rule of law might start to push back. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ Trump and human rights debate.

Ordinary people will pay for rights. We asked them

New research suggests that if human rights organizations use evidence-based fundraising strategies, the public will donate. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates on funding and public opinion and human rights. Español

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

“Quit before they get hit”: withdrawals from the ICC are an indicator of the Court’s success

Are presidents who seek to withdraw from the ICC in denial about a rare instance of achieved gender equality? A contribution to the openGlobalRIghts debate on the International Criminal Court.

The world is watching—corporate action on Trump travel ban

Many corporations have already taken a stand against Trump’s travel ban, and corporate leaders advising Trump must defend human rights. A contribution to oGR’s Trump & human rights series.

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.