Articles with a global or international focus

A new UN declaration could finally protect rural and landless peoples

January 4, 2018
BY: Shivani Chaudhry
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The UN has drafted a groundbreaking declaration that has the potential ...

Methodological choices in human rights research are political, not just technical

December 21, 2017
BY: Allison Corkery 
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The methods human rights researchers and advocates use determine what ...

NGOs are adapting to closing space when they must push back

December 19, 2017
BY: Julian Oram & Deborah Doane

Most development and funding organizations are adapting to shrinking space ...

Finding research pathways to a slavery-free world

December 12, 2017
BY: Zoe Trodd

Ending slavery means building a science of anti-slavery where advocates ...

Addressing systemic inequality in human rights funding

December 4, 2017
BY: Barbara Klugman & Ravindran Daniel & Denise Dora & Maimouna Jallow
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Human rights funding is systemically inequitable, and this will only change ...

Finding equity: shifting power structures in human rights

November 30, 2017
BY: Barbara Klugman & Ravindran Daniel & Denise Dora & Maimouna Jallow
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The marker of progress towards an equitable human rights ecology is when ...

Evidence indicates that we should be hopeful—not hopeless—about human rights

November 29, 2017
BY: Kathryn Sikkink
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We compare our current human rights situation not to the past but to an ...

The value of diversity in creating systemic change for human rights

November 27, 2017
BY: Barbara Klugman & Ravindran Daniel & Denise Dora & Maimouna Jallow
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The human rights system must value and mobilize the expertise of all players, ...

Survey: most believe women’s rights are human rights

November 23, 2017
BY: James Ron
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Have feminists made traction in campaigning that “women’s rights are human ...

To strengthen global resistance, resource young feminists

November 22, 2017
BY: Felogene Anumo & Ruby Johnson
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Young feminists are pushing back and forging new paths in global resistance, ...

Building up vs. trickling down: human rights in Southern Africa

November 16, 2017
BY: Kristi Heather Kenyon
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Do we achieve human rights by enacting UN-sanctioned treaties at the legislative ...

Putting to rest the Three Generations Theory of human rights

November 15, 2017
BY: Steven L. B. Jensen
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The notion of three generations of human rights has endured for 40 years. ...

Human Rights “Light”: using rhetoric to unite disparate disciplines

November 8, 2017
BY: Tony Talbott
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The use of superficial human rights rhetoric across varied issue areas ...

Putting human rights at the centre of the renewable energy sector

November 3, 2017
BY: Eniko Horvath & Christen Dobson
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In our efforts to quickly mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, ...

Intergenerational commitments are critical to protecting future climate leaders

November 2, 2017
BY: Leah Davidson
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Intergenerational commitments in climate change are critical to protect ...

Climate change talks must focus on the most vulnerable: the world’s children

November 1, 2017
BY: Alice Thomas
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Across the globe, more extreme weather and climate change are displacing ...

Protecting environmental defenders should be a central issue at climate talks

October 31, 2017
BY: Katharina Rall
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As attacks on environmental rights defenders escalate, the stakes are ...

What makes a human rights campaign effective?

October 26, 2017
BY: Cosette Creamer & Amy Hill Cosimini & Yagmur Karakaya & Suzy McElrath
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Marketing and public health provide useful lessons about framing and pre-testing ...

Creative persistence: women’s funds responses to the backlash against feminism

October 23, 2017
BY: Augusta Hagen-Dillon
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Widespread backlash against progressive values and mounting legal restrictions ...

Human rights justice requires corporate information sharing

October 17, 2017
BY: Audrey Gaughran

Legal reform is needed to ensure that victims of human rights abuses have ...

Elections without choice: “clean slates” in the Human Rights Council

October 12, 2017
BY: Peter Splinter

The practice of candidates for election to the UN Human Rights Council ...

Contesting regression: citizen solidarity vs. the decline of democracy

October 5, 2017
BY: Alison Brysk
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Even where rights are on the rocks, citizen solidarity and resilient rule ...

Irreconcilable tensions? Global human rights institutions and democracy

October 4, 2017
BY: Lisa Sundstrom
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To restore people’s faith in liberal democracy, will the human rights ...

Reforming the UN Human Rights Council: a call for new leadership

September 29, 2017
BY: Peter Splinter

The UN Human Rights Council falls seriously short in its mandate to ensure ...

Measuring globally, surveying locally: A new global effort to measure civil and political rights

September 18, 2017
BY: K. Chad Clay

Help nominate countries for a pilot study aiming to produce cross-national ...

Creating effective new coalitions in tough political times

September 7, 2017
BY: Andrew Hudson

To avoid sinking to the lowest common denominator, activist coalitions ...

The world is marching towards—not away from—universal human rights

August 9, 2017
BY: Marc Limon

Despite pessimism about the future of human rights, data on treaty ratification ...

Hard times, but human rights defenders are resilient

August 3, 2017
BY: Andrew Anderson
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These are hard times for human rights, but pessimists should not underestimate ...

Orphan structures: holding companies accountable when owners don’t exist

August 2, 2017
BY: Paul Beckett

When companies use legal loopholes to mask beneficial owners, it becomes ...

Against reductionist views of human rights

July 30, 2017
BY: César Rodríguez-Garavito
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César Rodríguez-Garavito responds to Stephen Hopgood and Aryeh Neier, ...

Public interest lawyers need new tools to protect the vulnerable

July 25, 2017
BY: Garth Meintjes
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The paradigmatic wall that separates lawyers into two camps—private and ...

Defining rather than defending our human rights “moment”

July 20, 2017
BY: Nick Robinson

Rather than defending our existing human rights movement, advocates from ...

Breaking the fourth wall: theater as human rights activism

July 19, 2017
BY: Christa Blackmon

Using theater to raise awareness on rights issues not only educates the ...

Hard times for human rights

July 13, 2017
BY: David Forsythe
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Are we facing hard times for human rights, or are these ups and downs ...

Making our movements sustainable: practicing holistic security every day

June 15, 2017
BY: Deepa Ranganathan & María Díaz Ezquerro
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What does holistic security and collective self-care in human rights work ...

International organizations and the crisis of legitimacy

June 9, 2017
BY: Aseem Prakash & Nives Dolšak

When international organizations face legitimacy problems, they need to ...

New strategies for tackling inequality with human rights

May 25, 2017
BY: Martín Abregú

To confront inequality, the Ford Foundation is harnessing the human rights ...

Why it’s getting harder (and more dangerous) to hold companies accountable

May 23, 2017
BY: Ciara Dowd & Elodie Aba
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Corporations are using defamation lawsuits to shut down their detractors—and ...

Collective care in human rights funding: a political stand

May 18, 2017
BY: Meerim Ilyas & Tatiana Cordero Velásquez
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To support the activists and groups that we fund, donors must engage in ...

Why the right to science matters for everyone

April 20, 2017
BY: Jessica M. Wyndham & Margaret Weigers

The right to science influences everything from freeing wrongfully accused ...

“Speaking truth to power:” a call for praxis in human rights

April 18, 2017
BY: Alicia Ely Yamin

Human rights require struggles over power and systems of thought—not just ...

Evidence of trauma: the impact of human rights work on advocates

April 7, 2017
BY: Meg Satterthwaite
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It’s time to think seriously about the effects of trauma on human rights ...

Human rights datasets are pointless without methodological rigour

April 4, 2017
BY: Lawrence Saez

Existing datasets on human rights have methodological weaknesses that ...

Tackling inequality: the potential of the Sustainable Development Goals

March 2, 2017
BY: Kate Donald 
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Sustainable Development Goal 10 on reducing inequality will require profound ...

Refugee politics from the local to the international

February 21, 2017
BY: Sarah Stroup

The Trump administration is affecting refugee politics from small towns ...

Business can and should ally with those defending human rights

February 1, 2017
BY: Sarah Brooks
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Business should heed the views of human rights defenders, and do more ...

A butterfly effect—steps to improve UPR implementation

January 24, 2017
BY: Hans Fridlund

The UN’s UPR process is proving its worth in encouraging human rights ...

Cohesion in the chaos: uniting human rights methodologies

January 19, 2017
BY: Katie Kraska

With the range of options available to document and analyze human rights, ...