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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 to rest the Three Generations Theory of human rights

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

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
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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
Español

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
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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
Español

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
Español

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
Español

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
Español

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
Español

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
Español

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
Français

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
Español

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.
العربية

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
العربية

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
Français

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 
Español

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