Who Trusts Local Human Rights Organizations? Evidence from Three World Regions

Human Rights Quarterly, 2015, Forthcoming

65 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2014 Last revised: 15 Feb 2015

James Ron

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) - Division of International Studies

David Crow

Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)

Date Written: March 10, 2014

Abstract

Local human rights organizations (LHROs) are crucial allies in international efforts to promote human rights. Without support from organized civil society, efforts by transnational human rights reformers will have little effect. Despite their importance, we have little systematic information on the correlates of public trust in LHROs. To fill this gap, we conducted key informant interviews with 234 human rights workers from 60 countries, and then administered a new Human Rights Perceptions Poll to representative public samples in Mexico (n=2,400), Morocco (n=1,100), India (n=1,680) and Colombia (n=1,699). Our data reveal that popular trust in local rights groups is consistently associated with greater respondent familiarity with the rights discourse, actors, and organizations, along with greater skepticism towards state institutions and agents. The evidence fails to provide consistent, strong support for other commonly held expectations, however, including those about the effects of foreign funding, socioeconomic status, and transnational connections.

Keywords: Human rights; NGOs; public opinion; Mexico; Colombia; India; Morocco

Suggested Citation

Ron, James and Crow, David, Who Trusts Local Human Rights Organizations? Evidence from Three World Regions (March 10, 2014). Human Rights Quarterly, 2015, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2406993

James Ron (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ( email )

Minneapolis, MN
United States

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) - Division of International Studies ( email )

Mexico City
Mexico

David Crow

Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) ( email )

Carretera Mexico Toluca 3655
Col. Lomas de Santa Fe
Mexico City, Mexico 01210
Mexico

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