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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:

Migrants are driving innovative campaigns for female refugees in Germany

Activists are using a multi-van in Germany to help female refugees cope with violence and harassment. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Deutsch

Does “de-Kirchnerizing” Argentina mean dismantling human rights policies?

A key concern for many Argentinians, among the numerous changes Mauricio Macri’s government has implemented, is the dismantling of hard-won human rights gains. A contribution to openGlobalRights closing space debate. Español

Beyond reconciliation and accountability: distributive justice and Sri Lanka's transitional agenda

If the transitional justice process in Sri Lanka ignores the indignities of poverty and everyday precariousness, can we really call it “justice”?

Broader view shows path to refugee reform

The refugee regime extends well beyond the 1951 Convention, and a broader contextual view is necessary in debates about change. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Español

Quantitative data in human rights: what do the numbers really mean?

Everyone loves numbers, but when we use them in human rights, how often are we misrepresenting the data?

The vicious spiral of economic inequality and financial crises

There is compelling evidence that economic inequality is both a result of, and contributor to, economic crises. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality.

Crisis in Europe exposes failing refugee protection regime

The refugee protection regime works if it remains limited to those genuinely fleeing persecution — though the Syrian crisis proves again that ways must also be found to protect those at risk of generalized violence. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.

Local funding is not just an option anymore—it’s an imperative

As local rights groups seek alternative funding sources, the closing space for civil society makes this even more imperative. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates on closing space for civil society and funding for human rights.

Business lessons for human rights: borrowing evidence-based practices

The human rights field could learn a lot from evidence-based practices developed in business and medicine. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on evaluation and impact assessment in human rights.

Without adequate reflection, new refugee solutions risk failing

We have to stop pushing new refugee solutions without assessing where we have succeeded and failed so far. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Français

Who will take the lead on economic inequality, and who should?

Human rights lack the best language and tools to describe and solve inequality’s most pernicious impacts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights.

When national security trumps international humanitarian law, who wins?

International humanitarian law is not a diplomatic conversation devoid of real world implications, and ignoring it creates a free-for-all.

Old dogs and new tricks: rethinking human rights business models

In this climate of closing space, we have an imperative to rethink the business models for protecting human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates on closing space for civil society and funding for human rights.

Using budget analysis to confront governments: what practitioners need to know

Millions of dollars that could address socio-economic disparities are lost through illicit financial flows, but budget analysis could help. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.

For Amnesty’s India office, raising local funds is all about membership

Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts on domestic contributions, facing challenges as diverse as the weather to brand recognition. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Funding for Human Rights. Españolالعربية

Statelessness as forced displacement

When we think of forced displacement, we don’t usually think about the stateless. But we should. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.

How to get inequality on the global policy agenda

The Panama Papers give NGOs a prime opportunity to talk about inequality. But how they do it matters. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights.

Violent groups aggravate government crackdowns on civil society

Armed non-state actors, criminal elements and violent extremists—not just governments—are responsible for the increasing crackdown on civil society. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Français

What drives the crackdown on NGOs, and how can it be stopped?

Foreign aid is always political, and elevates the risk of a government crackdown on NGOs. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

In for the long haul: a creative fight for space in Kenya

What started as a “one time” reform exercise has turned into a long-term battle for Kenyan civil society. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Français

In the name of security: when silencing active citizens creates even greater problems

Silencing activists in the name of security can stifle actors most likely to challenge extremist ideologies, making insecurity worse. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

Foreign funding restrictions: far more than just “an illegitimate excuse”

Those that justify restrictions on foreign funding for civil society have strong normative arguments that cannot be dismissed lightly. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Français, EspañolDuetsche, العربية