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 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 ...

Will human rights law actually protect us from fascism?

March 14, 2017
BY: Eva Nanopoulos

Human rights regimes such as the European Convention on Human Rights are ...

An elusive justice—holding parent companies accountable for human rights abuse

February 14, 2017
BY: Joe Westby

A UK judgement on Shell’s operations in Nigeria yet again shows the need ...

Imagining justice for ethnic communities in Colombia

February 8, 2017
BY: Helen Kerwin

Reparations for conflict-related harms as set out in the peace accords ...

Business can and should ally with those defending human rights

February 1, 2017
BY: Sarah Brooks

Business should heed the views of human rights defenders, and do more ...

Haiti’s “linguistic apartheid” violates children’s rights and hampers development

January 31, 2017
BY: Michel DeGraff

Haiti’s educational system routinely discriminates against those who don’t ...

Voter suppression and human rights in the 2016 American election

January 25, 2017
BY: Amelia Shindelar

Increasing strictness in voter ID laws and voter intimidation are threatening ...

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 ...

Shaming and blaming: assessing the impact of human rights organizations

January 10, 2017
BY: Amanda Murdie

Shaming by human rights organizations can indeed change state practices, ...

Beyond science fiction: Artificial Intelligence and human rights

January 4, 2017
BY: Jonathan Drake

Artificial Intelligence is growing at rapid pace, and so are significant ...

Illicit drug sales in the deep web don’t really make trading safer

December 22, 2016
BY: Isabel Pereira

Crypto markets for buying drugs might make things safer for consumers, ...

Satire as a tool of resistance in Egypt

December 20, 2016
BY: M. B.

In countries where fear is employed as a weapon against freedom of speech, ...

The 1967 Convention on Religious Intolerance—the treaty that might have been

December 16, 2016
BY: Steven L. B. Jensen

The two UN human rights covenants were to be buttressed by a treaty to ...

Rethinking strategies of child protection

December 14, 2016
BY: Rachel Schmidt

When children become the lead players in recruitment strategies, how can ...

The UN shakes up Guatemala with the Commission Against Impunity

December 13, 2016
BY: Christian Medina-Ramirez , Luis Mack 

The UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala ...