openGlobal Rights is a multilingual and international ezine that publishes debates on human rights in the Global South. Leslie Vinjamuri (co-director of CCRJ) and James Ron (Harold E. Stassen Chair in International Affairs, University of Minnesota) contributed to the launch of this platform and sponsored it in 2013.
The international human rights movement is no longer in its adolescence. It has become highly professionalized in many parts and encompasses a mature, global network of thinkers, organizations, and policies. We also underestimate its diversity when we refer to a single movement. Access to the debates that shape the international human rights movement has been restricted. And, previously, there have not been many broadly accessible platforms for debate about advocacy strategies, funding, successes, and failures. openGlobal Rights aims to provide this with its multi-lingual ezine platform for discussing global human rights.
In 2013, we addressed four crucial areas that define the future success of human rights: the role of emerging powers, the sources of funding for human rights work, the dynamic and often contested relationship between religion and human rights, and the impact of international law. Our authors covered the good, the bad, the ugly, and all points in between. As a result, we generated a series of challenging discussions about the future of global human rights, and encouraged a high quality debate across global cleavages of all kinds, including the north/south divide.