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. 


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 that ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

December 5, 2016
BY: Michael Edwards

What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders of foundations, ...

The private, the social, and the political: a human rights perspective on transgender bathrooms

December 2, 2016
BY: Hà Lê Phan, Inga T. Winkler

When it comes to LGBTIQ rights, bathroom politics reflect and are often ...

Beyond blood diamonds: the violence behind the gold route

November 25, 2016
BY: Natalia Duarte

Illegal gold exchanges between the global North and South are fuelling ...

States shouldn’t use ICC budget to interfere with its work

November 23, 2016
BY: Elizabeth Evenson, Jonathan O’Donohue 

States complain that the ICC needs to broaden investigations beyond Africa—yet ...

Torture prevention works, but only with the right ingredients

November 23, 2016
BY: Mark Thomson 

A research study recently confirmed that some torture prevention works, ...

Collaborating with scientists for climate justice

November 21, 2016
BY: Ellen Platts, Claire Sabel

The impacts of climate change intensify existing social inequities by ...

Trump and the limits of human rights

November 14, 2016
BY: Samuel Moyn

No matter how good our ancestors were in creating the international human ...

International pressure on US human rights matters now more than ever

November 11, 2016
BY: Kathryn Sikkink

Domestic politics are important, but we need international human rights ...

Fascism rising

November 9, 2016
BY: Stephen Hopgood

Global institutions and principles now face their sternest test. Trump’s ...

Time to recognize the right to life for those living in homelessness and inadequate housing

November 1, 2016
BY: Leilani Farha

An estimated one third of deaths worldwide are linked to poverty and inadequate ...

No single dataset is sufficient for understanding human rights, nor should it be

October 18, 2016
BY: K. Chad Clay

Yes, cross-national datasets are inappropriate for understanding the lived ...

Yes, human rights scholars conceal social wrongs—when they miss the point

October 17, 2016
BY: Todd Landman 

To suggest that relying on cross-national analyses perpetuates human rights ...

How human rights scholars conceal social wrongs

October 12, 2016
BY: Neve Gordon, Nitza Berkovitch

Using cross-national data in human rights research helps perpetuate social ...

No data, no accountability: solving racial violence in the United States

October 5, 2016
BY: Samuel L. Myers Jr.

Without adequate data, the US racial divide remains a matter of perception, ...