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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:

Lessons from Kenya: unpacking the ICC’s deterrent effect

Although recent empirical work suggests that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a deterrent effect, Kenya’s experience requires a deeper look. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court.

Naming crimes: genocide and public opinion in the United States

Debates about the label “genocide” distract from the substantive discussion about whether and how to stop the killing. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights.

Brexit and human rights: winter is coming

Given the toxic politics of Farage, Johnson, Le Pen and Trump, will human rights be enough to resist right-wing nationalism in the wake of Brexit?

Now more than ever the UK needs the compass of human rights

It is in uncertain times—like the aftermath of the Brexit vote—that we need human rights the most.

 

To advance more humane refugee policies, we must reframe the debate

Polls measure public opinion on refugees, but studying deeper thinking and issue framing are the keys to understanding people’s willingness to act. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Español

Local funding is not always the answer

In some countries, relying on local funding gives human rights defenders even less freedom. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates on funding for human rights and closing space for civil society.  Françaisالعربية

Human rights and the state: embracing and abandoning religion(s)

The debate about whether a state should be religious or secular doesn’t always affect how a society treats religious minorities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on religion and human rights.

Cross-movement organizing in Mexico leads to new resources

Feminists and environmentalists are coming together in Mexico to form new partnerships with an emphasis on local resource mobilization. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on funding for human rights.  Español 

Who will stand up to corruption?

Corruption is entrenched throughout global systems—but when will political leaders have the courage to really confront it?  Français

Will evidence of crimes against humanity change anything in Mexico?

A new report argues that widespread human rights violations in Mexico constitute crimes against humanity. But who will stand accountable? Español

Self-interest argument for refugee admission backfires in Japan

Japan fails to protect refugees—but arguing it should do so because its aging society needs new immigrants hasn’t worked. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. 日本語

Islamic ideals of peace and justice: are we overlooking something?

Associating progressive social policies with Islam may unsettle some, yet the parallels are there and offer many possibilities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on religion and human rightsالعربية

Revising perceptions of the rights of older people in Africa

A new African treaty promises to protect the human rights of the elderly.

 

Do South Africans really have the right to protest?

South Africans’ right to protest exists on paper, but authorities have effectively suppressed dissent by making it too dangerous. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate: Human Rights: mass or elite movement?

Discrimination, cooperation, and building communities

New research shows that people who experience discrimination are less likely to contribute to the common good. A contribution to the openGlobalRights’ public opinion and human rights debate. Español 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a missed opportunity for civil society?

Civil society could have played a key role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership—why were they left out? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.  Español

It’s about politics: why public opinion matters for movement organizing

For countries in democratic transition, using public opinion research to inform the strategy of social movements has added value. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights. Español 

No middle ground: the risks of being a human rights defender in India

Volunteers in India are banding together to form a network that protects human rights defenders. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

A treaty to protect the rights of older people is long overdue!

As the world’s population ages, now is the time to begin work on a treaty to give explicit protection to the rights of the elderly.  Français

From taboo to empowerment: menstruation and gender equality

Menstruation and menstrual hygiene are emerging as pivotal issues for gender equality, human rights and development. Français


Accounting for human rights: lessons from Syria

If refugee advocates don’t shine a light on budgets, it will be nearly impossible to ensure sustained support for refugee protection efforts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Español

Activists get creative in their push for Moroccan women’s rights

Partnering with a comedienne and taking to social media, Human Rights Watch is getting creative to gain traction on women’s rights in Morocco. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights.