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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...


Our latest:

Can Brazil promote change without changing itself?

Brazil has an adroit capacity to identify problems in the way human rights are being addressed internationally. But Brazil needs to set an example through its own actions. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. Português, Français, Español.

Encouraging stronger engagement by emerging powers on human rights

Resentment of the west is making emerging powers hold back when they could be using their strengths and experiences to challenge the world’s abusive regimes. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. Español, العربية, Português.

Can China be a normative power?

Until now, the west has been attempting to tell China how to behave when it comes to human rights. But things are changing. Increasingly, China is engaging in international debate over rights. Does China aim to redefine the norms? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. 中国语文, Español, العربي.

Human rights in the vernacular

The road to greater ownership of human rights by emerging powers is a bumpy one. But it will lead to a more real, and less utopian approach. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. Español, 中国语文, العربية

South Africa’s foreign policy: between idealism and the realpolitik of being an emerging power

More than most, South Africa is expected to be a defender and a promoter of human rights, because of its past. The country has the potential to lead the way in pushing for a more democratic international order. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human RightsEspañol, Français, العربية

The struggle for a truly grassroots human rights movement

Pilot testing Using cutting-edge human rights perception polls, the authors explore links between social class and domestic human rights movements in Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, and India. Social elites, they find, are better connected to human rights representatives than the masses. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on "Emerging Powers and Human Rights" and "Human Rights: Mass or Elite Movement?". Español, Français, العربية, 中国语文, हिंदी, Português, Türkçe

Human rights: past their sell-by date

It is activists, not states who will make a difference in future. But western-led rights organizations may have seen their day. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. Español, العربي.

Challenges and opportunities in a changing world

Emerging powers are starting to wield some clout on global rights but they need to do much more says Amnesty International’s Secretary General. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. Türkçe, Español, 中国语文, العربية

Turkey and the neo-Ottoman approach to human rights

Erdoğan is trying to carve out a role for Turkey as the protector of the rights of Muslims worldwide while punishing dissent within its own borders. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights.  Español, Türkçe, Россия.

Time for a new kind of debate on Global Rights

Introducing openGlobalRights: a multilingual project aiming to bring people of the south and north together in a discussion about the future of human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human RightsFrançais, Español, العربية

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