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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


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.

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.

Cohesion in the chaos: uniting human rights methodologies

With the range of options available to document and analyze human rights, it’s important to help researchers and advocates use data responsibly and appropriately. Part of openGlobalRights’ data and rights series.

Under threat: five countries in which civic space is rapidly closing

Restricted freedoms and intensifying governmental control raise the risk for social and geopolitical conflict. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

From funding projects to funding struggles: Reimagining the role of donors

While donors partner with civil society to counter shrinking civic space, their rigid funding systems can undermine progress. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on new business models for human rights. Español 

Human rights as a grassroots, transformative response to Trump’s “America”

Human rights—as a movement that critiques systemic inequalities and affirms our common humanity—offers a transformative alternative to a politics of fear and exclusion. Españolالعربية

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

The complex reality beyond the trial of Dominic Ongwen

Dominic Ongwen faces trial at the ICC for crimes of which he was also a victim—forcing us to reevaluate dichotomies of guilt and innocence. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court.

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

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