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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 and the failed coup in Turkey

There are risks for human rights in the post-coup purges in Turkey. But we must applaud more loudly the coup’s failure as a victory for human rights and democracy. Türkçe

Taking stock—the Universal Periodic Review's achievements and opportunities

After 10 years, the UN’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism for scrutinizing Member States’ human rights records is having a real impact—but more must be done to ensure its continued success. Français

In Venezuela, data is power

Venezuela’s lack of reliable data on socio-economic metrics poses both challenges and opportunities for human rights advocates. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

Human rights organizations and the state: how different are we really?

How different are human rights organizations and the state institutions they challenge? A key Israel group has pulled away from cooperation with the army, arguing that some close ties are counter-productive.

Dying in pain in the global South

Throughout the developing world, people are dying in pain due to an inability to access proper medication. But the problem is about much more than money. Español

Phantom rights: the systemic marginalization of economic and social rights

Neither the UN nor civil society is doing much about the deep resistance of many states to proper recognition of economic and social rights. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ economic and social rights debate. Español

To implement Agenda 2030 in Africa, people must be at the centre

Increasing threats to citizens’ freedoms will derail the sustainable development goals. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

Are human rights treaties a “reputational umbrella” for foreign investment?

Evidence suggests that human rights treaties provide a reputational shield for companies to invest in the worst rights-violating countries.

Scientists and engineers as partners in protecting human rights

Growing interest in pro bono service among scientists and engineers is generating new opportunities for human rights organizations. Español

Mapping global business opinions on human rights

A global survey of over 800 corporate leaders shows overwhelming recognition that companies must respect human rights, although confusion regarding the exact scope of their duties is a key obstacle to action.  

Impact investing: a new player in protecting human rights?

Impact investing is rewriting the way companies can improve human rights conditions.

 

Colombia’s constrained peace process: how courts alter peace-making

The Colombia case shows international courts do impact local peace-making, but in ways more subtle and nuanced than commonly claimed. A contribution to openGlobalRights debate on the ICC. Español

In Asia, freedom of speech is critical in the fight for human rights

Protecting freedom of speech, assembly and association in Asia is the lynchpin to protecting all human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

What can Brexit teach us about business and human rights?

The economy we have built isn’t the economy that delivers shared prosperity and shared security for the majority. The business and human rights movement has a fundamental role to play.

The UK government cannot reconcile austerity measures with human rights

UK governments have claimed austerity measures are necessary while ignoring the disproportionate adverse effects on marginalized groups. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.

The political strategy for peace

After 50 years, the Colombian government has signed a historic ceasefire agreement. But how can we get more Colombians on board? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rightsEspañol

The International Labour Organization: workers rights champion or 90-pound weakling?

The ILO oversees the global protection of workers’ rights. It should consider instigating and/or supporting litigation in courts to serve that purpose. A contribution to oGRs’ debate on economic and social rights.

A crisis that shouldn’t be

Polling in over two dozen countries shows much greater public support for refugees than commonly reported. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.  EspañolFrançais

Why America needs a truth commission

In the United States, gun deaths over the last three decades far exceed those reported in truth commissions and civil wars around the world in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

The promises and pitfalls of mobile polling

Mobile polling could revolutionize how civil society and human rights groups operate—if it’s done right. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights. Español

In southeastern Europe, data helps bolster LGBTI rights

Using polling data, the National Democratic Institute is helping LGBTI groups in southeastern Europe build their activist base. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights. EspañolСрпски

Taking chances and innovating in human rights

In our research, human rights workers, academics, activists and funders gave us a lot of reasons not to innovate. But are the risks as big as some might think? Español Português