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On the OpenPage, authors debate issues and challenges falling outside the scope of our thematic debates. OpenPage contributions often spark multiple responses and eventually turn into full-fledged debates of their own.

 

What Putin’s supposed “death” of liberalism means for human rights

July 18, 2019
By: Koldo Casla
Español

If Putin was right, and liberalism is dead, what would be the future of human rights in global politics?

American policy is strangling health access in the global South

July 16, 2019
By: Karen Chonofsky
Español

The US Global Gag Rule is impeding far more than access to abortion in the global South—services for ...

UN resolution acknowledges hidden victims of sexual violence in conflict—men and boys

June 19, 2019
By: Charu Lata Hogg
Español

In addressing conflict-related sexual violence, the UN Security Council has urged prevention, protection ...

Incomplete information on emergency contraception drugs is risking women’s health

May 30, 2019
By: Leyla-Denisa Obreja
Español

Amidst growing debate on women’s reproductive rights, worldwide policies allowing free access to emergency ...

Can protecting indigenous human rights also improve conservation efforts?

May 29, 2019
By: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Español | Français

Lands under secure indigenous tenure often have better conservation outcomes—can stronger protections ...

Rising restrictions on labour rights threaten the heart of social justice

May 1, 2019
By: Ana Zbona & Sanyu Awori
Español | Français

When space closes for labour rights defenders, the situation is far worse for those at the margins. ...

Genocide is an act of state, and demands a response by other states

April 24, 2019
By: John Packer
Français | Rohingya | العربية | Español | বাংলা

The Myanmar state can and must be held accountable for the genocide being perpetrated against the Rohingya, ...

Delinking the “human” from human rights: artificial intelligence and transhumanism

April 10, 2019
By: A. Kayum Ahmed
Español | isiXhosa

The development of artificial intelligence and transhumanism are challenging what it means to be human—and ...

Fragile Rights? New Challenges for LGBTQ People in the Americas

March 6, 2019
By: Ari Shaw & Mauricio Albarracín
Español | Português

The rise of religious fundamentalism in Latin America—in conjunction with the populist trend sweeping ...

Putting respect for human rights at the heart of sport

February 21, 2019
By: Mary Harvey
Español | Français | العربية

Sport can unite and inspire, but it can have negative impacts too—a new Centre is bringing together ...

UN Human Rights Committee brings new vitality to the right to life

February 13, 2019
By: Lucy McKernan & Bret Thiele
Español

Through its expanding jurisprudence on the right to life, the UN Human Rights Committee has given advocates ...

The right to reparation: laudable goal or empty promise?

February 7, 2019
By: Bojan Gavrilovic
العربية

Human rights activists argue that victims of mass atrocities have a right to reparations, but the international ...

UN standard-setting continues apace

January 29, 2019
By: Gordon DiGiacomo

Work at the UN is progressing on several fronts to agree new human rights standards – the topics reflecting ...

The right to design babies? Human rights and bioethics

January 8, 2019
By: Roberto Andorno & Alicia Ely Yamin
Español

New developments in gene modifications make it more urgent than ever to raise societal awareness, and ...

Cities – a growing and necessary target for human rights advocacy

January 4, 2019
By: Annabel Short
Español

Cities exercise power in many areas that touch on human rights, and growing urban inequalities mean ...

What Bolsonaro means for human rights in Brazil

December 20, 2018
By: Oliver Hudson & Juana Kweitel
Español | Português

Under the leadership of president elect Bolsonaro, Brazil must be poised for increased threats to public ...

New business and human rights treaty takes shape

December 11, 2018
By: Maysa Zorob
Español

The draft of a new business and human rights treaty is a good start, but needs to be strengthened to ...

Human and non-human rights – convergence or conflict?

December 10, 2018
By: David Petrasek
Español | Français | العربية

On the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, claims to recognize non-human rights are advancing and pose challenges ...

Imprisonment as a last resort? Reforming Brazil’s prisons

November 29, 2018
By: Náthaly Calixto
Português

Systematic discrimination means that—despite vocational programs—many prisoners in Brazil and elsewhere ...

Citizen action pushes judicial recognition of gay rights in India

November 15, 2018
By: Suhrith Parthasarathy

The Indian Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional a colonial-era law criminalizing ...

The rights of nature gaining ground

November 14, 2018
By: Mari Margil
Español | Français

Nature has been treated in law as property, and exploited. But there is growing legal recognition that ...

Using the UN to advance LGBT rights in China

November 6, 2018
By: Yanzi Peng
简体中文

China’s engagement in UN human rights reviews provides real opportunities to advance protection for ...

Back to the Future: returning to human rights

November 1, 2018
By: Mona Younis
Español | العربية

By neglecting citizen engagement, the human rights movement has failed not only to secure all rights ...

Venezuelan crisis shows the need to enhance the coherence of the UN human rights machinery

October 23, 2018
By: Ligia Bolivar
Español

Misconceived and poorly executed US efforts to reform the UN Human Rights Council failed. But the UN ...

Values-based collective action helps resist the criminalization of compassion

October 17, 2018
By: Rachel Freed
Español

Humanitarian workers giving aid to migrants are being threatened and in some cases imprisoned. But compassionate ...

Despite record inequality, UK and EU won’t challenge Swaziland’s monarch

October 11, 2018
By: Sunit Bagree

The UK and EU are ignoring Swaziland’s threats to human rights and civic space, refusing to hold the ...

Understanding when and why countries adopt rights can improve activism

October 10, 2018
By: Yonatan Lupu
Español

Constitutional provisions are critical to protecting human rights, but adopting some rights protections ...

The privilege of remedy: how accessible is the ECtHR?

October 2, 2018
By: Leyla-Denisa Obreja

The European Court of Human Rights is supposed to help victims of rights violations seek justice, but ...

Public consultations push back against multinationals in Colombia

September 25, 2018
By: Antonio Sanchez Gomez
Español

In Colombia, public consultations have successfully halted exploitative mining projects. But can these ...

A hidden violation—sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey

September 19, 2018
By: Charu Lata Hogg
العربية

A new report suggests sexual violence against men and boys in widespread in the Syria conflict. And ...

Battling impunity in Mexico: an innovative strategy of international advocacy

September 5, 2018
By: Gabriela Kletzel & Angel Gabriel Cabrera Silva
Español

An innovative intervention by international experts in Mexico invigorated the work of human rights organizations ...

Battling exclusion: giving a voice to women affected by leprosy

August 30, 2018
By: Alice Cruz
Español

Women affected by leprosy in India and beyond face high levels of discrimination and stigmatization, ...

Amnesty International’s new drug policy puts it on a slippery slope

August 29, 2018
By: Saul J. Takahashi
Español

Human rights arguments for decriminalizing drug use are often flawed, and in essence assert a right ...

In Haiti, legal empowerment is resistance against exploitation

August 27, 2018
By: Samuel Nesner & Ellie Happel
Français

Social movements in Haiti are reimagining justice in order to fight back against exploitation by the ...

With nationalism rising, do global human rights still have mass appeal?

August 22, 2018
By: Joel R. Pruce
Español

Caring about the rights of distant others was once fashionable but, as walls go up and societies retract, ...

Combatting modern slavery with human rights

August 14, 2018
By: Todd Landman 

Abolitionism was arguably the first human rights movement, but historical waves of anti-slavery activism ...

A shared learning agenda takes legal empowerment to the next level

August 2, 2018
By: Erin Kitchell
Español

Legal empowerment can be transformative across a wide range of issues, which can sometimes make such ...

Bringing justice close: an experiment in accessing justice with technology

July 17, 2018
By: Shreya Sen
हिन्दी

Legal empowerment enables poor and marginalized communities to be partners in development and decision-making, ...

UN’s approach inside Myanmar abandons human rights principles

July 12, 2018
By: Liam Mahony

Although UN human rights bodies have criticized the persecution of the Rohingya, UN agencies inside ...

“Naming and shaming”: still the human rights movement’s best weapon

July 11, 2018
By: Aryeh Neier
Español

Naming and shaming may be less important as a foreign policy tool to promote rights, but the careful ...

Decolonizing human rights: local struggles with global dynamics

July 5, 2018
By: Salil Shetty

Human rights have always been subject to efforts at misappropriation and manipulation for political ...

Legal empowerment allows indigenous Ecuadoreans to fight multinationals

July 5, 2018
By: Juan Auz
Español

Activism against environmental exploitation in Ecuador requires going up against titanic powers, and ...

Family separation: a flashpoint in the global migrant crisis

June 29, 2018
By: Brian Root  & Rachel Schmidt

Situations of inhumane treatment and abuses of power are where we need human rights the most, and the ...

US loses patience with Human Rights Council reforms

June 27, 2018
By: Marc Limon

The US said it quit the UN Human Rights Council because it couldn’t reform it – but though others share ...

Understanding sexual violence against men and boys in conflict

June 19, 2018
By: Charu Lata Hogg
العربية | Français | Español

Ten years after sexual violence in war was officially recognized as a threat to peace and security, ...

Twenty-five years later, how much do national human rights institutions matter?

June 12, 2018
By: Steven L. B. Jensen
Français | Español

An expanding range of literature examines the effectiveness of national human rights institutions, and ...

Human rights and development: has the connection sunk in?

May 9, 2018
By: Paul Nelson & Ellen Dorsey
Español | Français

The connection between human rights and development is hardly new, but even though human rights NGOs ...

The SDGs and gender equality: empty promises or beacon of hope?

April 25, 2018
By: Kate Donald  & Silke Staab
Français | Español

In a challenging global context for equality and women’s rights, a new UN Women report illustrates how ...