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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.


Putting human rights at the centre of struggles for health and social equality

February 20, 2020
By: Alicia Ely Yamin

We’ve made progress on economic and social rights, but the human rights community needs new, much more ...

Human rights “inflation”—what’s the problem?

February 19, 2020
By: David Petrasek
Español | Français | العربية

Instead of talking about “rights inflation”, we should understand what we are witnessing are new interpretations ...

In a world of radical inequality, solidarity is a cornerstone of justice

February 13, 2020
By: Meg Satterthwaite
Español | Français | Kreyòl

Can a human rights clinic, based at a well-resourced law school in the United States, stand in solidarity ...

Can mapping human rights help in the global fight for equality?

February 12, 2020
By: Ilia Savelev
Español | Français

Human rights mapping has been key to global advocacy for LGBT+ and can be used elsewhere to flag issues ...

What battles over “gender ideology” mean for Colombia’s women human rights defenders

February 4, 2020
By: Rachel Schmidt

Violence against women and the LGBTI community has a long history in Colombia’s state security apparatus, ...

The US can play a role in tackling global corporate abuse

January 28, 2020
By: Phil Bloomer & Alison Friedmann

The recent declaration of the US Business Roundtable on the purpose of a corporation is a seismic shift ...

Graffiti creates positive human rights narratives in Lebanon

January 23, 2020
By: Nohad Elhajj
Français | العربية

During widespread protests in Lebanon, street artists have painted messages of hope and human rights ...

Counter-terrorism laws provide a smokescreen for civil society restrictions

January 15, 2020
By: Susan Wilding

States need to focus on strategies that actually work and expose governments that are dismantling democracy ...

Can international human rights law be creatively deployed to expand its protections?

January 14, 2020
By: Raymond A. Smith

How can international human rights law be creatively deployed to expand protections to other characteristics ...

Cross-border collaboration is key to protecting migrant rights

December 18, 2019
By: Regan Ralph

As hostile governments push nativist rhetoric and enact abusive policies, supporting the innovative ...

Chile and a global revolution for dignity

December 13, 2019
By: Juan Francisco Lobo

The protests in Chile, and indeed worldwide, demonstrate a demand for human dignity, in all of its ...

From impunity to justice and back again in Guatemala

November 5, 2019
By: Rachel Lopéz

Guatemalan citizens must unite to resist the efforts of Guatemala’s clandestine powers to dismantle ...

The lengthy journey towards a treaty on business and human rights

October 11, 2019
By: Maysa Zorob

A new version of the UN’s draft treaty on business and human rights strengthens its protection focus, ...

The little tissue that couldn’t – the hymen’s role in determining sexual history or assault

September 26, 2019
By: Ranit Mishori & Karen Naimer & Thomas McHale
Español | Français

For such a small piece of tissue, the hymen has gained outsized status as the arbiter of virginity. ...

Saving human rights

September 24, 2019
By: Hurst Hannum
Français | Español

Declining support for human rights is partly attributable to the expansion of the concept to cover all ...

Protecting abortion providers requires effective strategies to prevent harassment

September 17, 2019
By: Ximena Casas Isaza
Español | Français

Abortion providers working in national contexts where the law is poorly understood and abortion is socially ...

From Human rights to sentient rights: the next generation of rights thinking

September 4, 2019
By: Jamie Woodhouse
Español | العربية

If we grant rights in order to reduce suffering, should we grant rights to everything that can suffer?

Ultra-conservative speech as political capital: Chile’s “Republican Party”

August 27, 2019
By: Beatriz Romero Cruzat

Chile has long held a moderate political tradition in Latin America, but recent trends point to alarming ...

Can the Universal Periodic Review hold governments accountable on digital rights?

August 22, 2019
By: Flavia Fascendini
Español | Français

The Universal Periodic Review can highlight that online rights are an essential part of human rights ...

Intellectual property as a tool of empowerment

August 20, 2019
By: Sarah Yookyung Kim
Español | Français

When much broader communities can harness intellectual property rights, these shifts can contribute ...

Myths and realities of #MeToo: Young feminists in the global South speak out

August 6, 2019
By: Deepa Ranganathan

#MeToo ignited a conversation about sexual and gender-based violence, but young feminists in the global ...

Bringing human rights home: new strategies for local organizing

August 1, 2019
By: Jackie Smith & Joshua Cooper

Declining economic conditions in cities and communities around the world have inspired more people to ...

The human rights wars heat up

July 31, 2019
By: Eric Posner
Español | العربية

The new US Commission on Unalienable Rights will provide a conservative interpretation on human rights. ...

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

July 18, 2019
By: Koldo Casla

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

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

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

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 | Türkçe

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

Confronting Bolsonaro’s populism – key strategies to protect human rights

April 18, 2019
By: Iain Levine

As Bolsonaro passes the 100 day mark of his presidency, human rights activists in Brazil can learn much ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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