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. 


Reframing sexual harassment as gender-based violence: the value of a rights framework

March 8, 2018
BY: Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak

When sexual harassment is reframed as gender-based violence and a human ...

Using foreign aid for state repression in Thailand

March 6, 2018
BY: Salvador Santino F. Regilme, Jr.

During transnational security crises, aid recipient governments use foreign ...

DNA testing can help – and hinder – sexual violence prosecutions

February 28, 2018
BY: Karen Naimer

DNA technology in sexual violence cases can strengthen investigations ...

Is being the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights an Impossible Job?

February 27, 2018
BY: Marc Limon

Perhaps the role of High Commissioner for Human Rights is not do-able ...

The activist balance: being both globally connected and locally rooted

February 20, 2018
BY: Urantsooj Gombosuren & Marte Hellema

In the volatility in Asia's human rights situations, can rights defenders ...

Reproductive gene editing imperils universal human rights

February 15, 2018
BY: Marcy Darnovsky & Leah Lowthorp & Katie Hasson

The prohibition on reproductive gene editing to enhance human capabilities ...

Another one bites the dust—what future for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights?

February 8, 2018
BY: David Petrasek

The early departure—yet again—of a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ...

The paradoxical existence of the LGBTI movement in Indonesia

February 6, 2018
BY: Devandy Ario Putro

Indonesia used to have a reputation of tolerance, but inflammatory rhetoric ...

Using cross-movement collaborations to tackle human rights complexities

January 16, 2018
BY: Claudia Samcam

Human rights problems are increasingly more complex and cross-cutting. ...

Empowering language of rights underlies increasing use in HIV advocacy

January 9, 2018
BY: Kristi Heather Kenyon

Local HIV activists are expanding human rights discourse into health advocacy, ...

A new UN declaration could finally protect rural and landless peoples

January 4, 2018
BY: Shivani Chaudhry

The UN has drafted a groundbreaking declaration that has the potential ...

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 ...

Finding equity: shifting power structures in human rights

November 30, 2017
BY: Barbara Klugman & Ravindran Daniel & Denise Dora & Maimouna Jallow

The marker of progress towards an equitable human rights ecology is when ...

The value of diversity in creating systemic change for human rights

November 27, 2017
BY: Barbara Klugman & Ravindran Daniel & Denise Dora & Maimouna Jallow

The human rights system must value and mobilize the expertise of all players, ...

Putting to rest the Three Generations Theory of human rights

November 15, 2017
BY: Steven L. B. Jensen

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

The use of superficial human rights rhetoric across varied issue areas ...

Reforming drug laws to reduce prison populations in Latin America

October 20, 2017
BY: Ana Jimena Bautista

Three Latin American countries are experimenting with drug law reforms ...

The US role in forced migration from the Middle East

October 18, 2017
BY: Azadeh Shahshahani

American foreign policy is at the root of forced migration from different ...

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 ...

Indigenous rights in the Russian Arctic: self-determining communities or stakeholders?

October 11, 2017
BY: Laura A. Henry

When indigenous rights are not observed, communities that shift their ...

Losing the battle for hearts and minds

October 10, 2017
BY: Stephen Hopgood

The battle for human rights—as seen in the treatment of Rohingya Muslims ...

Contesting regression: citizen solidarity vs. the decline of democracy

October 5, 2017
BY: Alison Brysk

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

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 ...

Research offers tough love to improve human rights practices

September 20, 2017
BY: Joel R. Pruce

In human rights work, practicing the same habits does not guarantee improvement ...

Creating effective new coalitions in tough political times

September 7, 2017
BY: Andrew Hudson

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

Defending free speech when laws do not apply equally to everyone

September 5, 2017
BY: A. Kayum Ahmed

When the ACLU uses civil rights and free speech to defend white supremacists, ...

Indonesia at a threshold: reinventing the human rights movement

August 30, 2017
BY: Julius Ibrani & Marte Hellema

Combined with growing fundamentalism and sectarianism, Indonesia once ...

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

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 ...

Building communities to boost local fundraising

July 27, 2017
BY: Sadhana Shrestha

Fundraising should never just be about money—it must also be about raising ...

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

Are we facing hard times for human rights, or are these ups and downs ...

‘If I lose my freedom’: preemptive resistance to forced confessions in China

June 13, 2017
BY: Michael Caster

Human rights defenders in China are increasingly using pre-recorded statements ...

International organizations and the crisis of legitimacy

June 9, 2017
BY: Aseem Prakash & Nives Dolšak

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

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

May 23, 2017
BY: Ciara Dowd & Elodie Aba

Corporations are using defamation lawsuits to shut down their detractors—and ...

Following orders: how expectations might reduce human rights abuses

May 8, 2017
BY: Yonatan Lupu

Understanding the logic of expectations could help us predict why some ...

Engagement versus endorsement: Western universities in China

April 25, 2017
BY: Robert Edward Precht

The presence of Western universities in China is on the rise, but they ...

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

It’s time to think seriously about the effects of trauma on human rights ...

The collapse of authority: violence against prisoners in Latin America

March 31, 2017
BY: Luis Felipe Cruz Olivera

With prison riots and massacres getting out of control in many Latin American ...

Seeing the myth in human rights

March 29, 2017
BY: Jenna Reinbold

To call human rights a “myth” would appear to discredit them, but myth ...

To understand perpetrators, we must care about them

March 22, 2017
BY: James Dawes

Preventing future atrocities requires empathetic understanding of how ...

To change torture practices, we must change the entire system

March 15, 2017
BY: Kiran Grewal

Preventing torture goes beyond understanding individuals—it requires changing ...