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Social science experiments: How can they support the work of human rights advocates?

Human rights scholars are increasingly using experimental research methods to explore the impact and efficacy of human rights work. In this series, authors explore when and how experiments can help support evidence-based human rights advocacy. Read on...

Resilience as resistance: Mental health & well-being in human rights

The mental health and well-being of advocates has often been neglected by human rights organizations, funders, and advocates. This series examines a range issues including: research on the mental heath impacts of human rights work, obstacles to advancing mental health and well-being, and strategies to prevent and alleviate the harmful effects of human rights work. Read on...

Engaging with perpetrators for human rights: When, how and at what cost?

This debate explores various perspectives on whether, when and how to engage with perpetrators of human rights abuses, including discussions of ethical, moral and strategic considerations. Read on...


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Human rights groups are secretly US agents. True or false?

For rights activists, Trump’s victory is a dark cloud with one silver lining. For the next four years, human rights groups will be inoculated against accusations of complicity in US foreign-policy machinations. Españolالعربية

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

Social enterprises in India carve out new space for civil society

Is social entrepreneurship in India a way for civil society to break open closing spaces? A contribution to the openGlobalRights’ sub-debate on new business models for sustaining human rights.

Trump’s victory could push the human rights movement to transform

Donald Trump’s victory is a threat to human rights, but could it also push the movement to transform and strategize with greater urgency? Español

Modi and Trump—voting strongmen, voting hate

Donald Trump’s win in the US and Narendra Modi’s in India two years ago are both about the majority claiming greater victimhood.

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

State-owned enterprises in China could be an entry point for human rights

To make headway on human rights in China, advocates need to get creative by partnering with state-owned enterprises. A contribution to the openGlobalRights sub-debate on rethinking the human rights business model. 简体中文

Why the American Electoral College matters for human rights everywhere

The history of the American Electoral College demonstrates the importance of combating violators of human rights and the institutions supporting them. Part of openGlobalRights’ Trump and human rights debate.

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.

How to pay for legal empowerment: alternative structures and sources

Taking a hybrid approach to legal funding recognizes that different issues require different types of funding. A contribution to openGlobalRights' new models for human rights series. EspañolFrançais

The old world of civic participation is being replaced

Traditional politicians and traditional CSOs are part of an old world that is being replaced by very different forms of civic participation. Part of openGlobalRights new business models for rights series. Español

Making the human rights movement great again—amidst rising nationalism

As angry rhetoric and illiberal nationalism soars globally, the human rights movement needs clear thinking rather than sudden shifts. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ Trump and human rights series.

To preserve human rights, organizational models must change

The current human rights business model is not keeping up with trends in technology, philanthropy, business and society. A contribution to openGlobalRights' new models for human rights series. EspañolFrançais

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

Trump, the other and human rights in society

The stigmatization and “othering” we’ve seen in Trump’s campaign will perpetuate systemic inequalities. Part of openGlobalRights' Trump and human rights debate.

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.

Human rights are not losing traction in the global South

In the debate on whether human rights have stalled, analysts are ignoring huge strides in socioeconomic improvements in the global South. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights. Español

A post-Brexit, post-Trump World could learn from Colombia

A shell-shocked America, a Brexit-divided United Kingdom and a crisis-stricken Europe: they should all note the conciliatory efforts made by Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia. Part of openGlobalRights' Trump and human rights debate. Español