Until now the world hasn’t had a simple, transparent way to monitor how people are treated. This was a problem. When something is not measured, it is easily overlooked and undervalued.
The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is filling this gap. We are working to produce a free easy-to-access database of metrics, summarising human rights performance in countries around the world. With a good set of measures it will be easier to improve human rights.
We aim to be comprehensive by producing metrics that cover the full range of rights embodied in international law, particularly the collection of international treaties known as the International Bill of Human Rights.
Starting with some of the most frequently discussed rights, we are initially publishing metrics for the following 12 human rights:
Right to Opinion and Expression
Right to Assembly and Association
Right to Freedom from Execution
Right to Freedom from Torture
Right to Participate in Goverment
Right to Food
Right to Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest
Right to Freedom from Disappearance
Right to Education
Right to Health
Right to Housing
Right to Work
HRMI will help everyone see the big picture more easily, influencing both global decision-makers and ordinary people. We will create an opportunity for tremendous advances in knowledge and progress. Together, we can help facilitate a step-change for the better in the lives of billions of people.
Transparency – We are clear about our methodologies and their shortcomings, so that data users know where our measures have come from and can help initiate improvements.
Collaboration – We draw on the knowledge of human rights experts in the countries we are developing metrics for, and build bridges between those experts, academics, and others to better understand and promote what improves human rights outcomes.
Innovation – We actively seek fresh insights to advance human rights through the development of new measures and new ways of using them to impact change.
Independence – In order to be credible, we produce measures of human rights independent of governments and other actors who may have conflicts of interest.