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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

July 2017

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

Three years of openGlobalRights

In three years, openGlobalRights has become a central space for global human rights debate. A seasoned evaluator reviews its progress and recommends next steps. Español

For sexual minorities, “closing space” for civil society means losing access to critical services

Closing space for African sexual and gender minority groups is about far more than advocacy—it is about accessing critical services that no one else provides. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil societyFrançais

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