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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

All the best,

The OGR Team

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

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