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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. 

 

Human rights and development: has the connection sunk in?

May 9, 2018
BY: Paul Nelson & Ellen Dorsey
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The connection between human rights and development is hardly new, but ...

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 ...

From revolution to bureaucratization: human rights law becomes central to global health governance

April 24, 2018
BY: Benjamin Mason Meier & Lawrence O. Gostin

Given the dramatic development of human rights under international law ...

Reimagining justice: human rights through legal empowerment

April 23, 2018
BY: Sukti Dhital
Español

Legal empowerment offers promising new methods to improve access to justice ...

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: a difficult but do-able mandate

April 19, 2018
BY: Matheus Hernandez

The same mandate that makes the work of the High Commissioner a nearly ...

Breaking the human rights gridlock by embracing the Sustainable Development Goals

April 17, 2018
BY: Ted Piccone
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The dangers of a growing global divergence on human rights, with the rise ...

Avoiding the “access abyss”: palliative care, pain relief, and human rights

April 12, 2018
BY: Ravindran Daniel
Español

The last decade has seen major developments in recognizing palliative ...

Transitional justice—time for a re-think

April 10, 2018
BY: Paul Seils
Español

The transitional justice toolkit was developed for circumstances unlike ...

New treaty on business and human rights must hold ‘home’ states accountable

April 5, 2018
BY: Daniel Cerqueira & Alexandra Montgomery
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To ensure justice for victims of corporate human rights abuse, transnational ...

Ending corporate corruption means looking at the North-South nexus

March 29, 2018
BY: Gillian Caldwell
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By its very nature, standing up to corruption and corporate power means ...

Learning and unlearning the alchemy of human rights education

March 22, 2018
BY: Shayna Plaut
Español | Français | العربية | Deutsch

As human rights educators, fostering more effective learning and advocacy ...

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

March 8, 2018
BY: Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak
Français | Español

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
Español | Français

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
Español

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
简体中文 | Русский | Español

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
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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
Bahasa

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
Español

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
Setswana | Zulu

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
Español

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
Español

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
Español

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
Español | Français | العربية

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
العربية | Español | Français

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
Español

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
العربية

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
Русский

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

Losing the battle for hearts and minds

October 10, 2017
BY: Stephen Hopgood
Español

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
Español

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
Español

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
Français | العربية | Español

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
Bahasa

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
Español

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
Español | नेपाली | Français

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
Español

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
简体中文

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

 

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