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That’s a big question, and one that we at the Human Rights Measurement Initiative have been glad to tackle in a recent paper. This year we have begun a collaboration with Universal Rights Group, pairing our human rights data with their focus on equipping countries to make positive changes through the United Nations. In this […]

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative has released 2019 human rights data for Australia, with some disturbing results: Australia scores only 5.5 out of 10 for freedom from torture Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are identified as particularly at risk of violation of all 12 human rights HRMI measures Refugees and asylum seekers are also […]

On the last day of 2018, police in California shot and killed a teenager. This unnamed young man, armed with knife, but not fleeing from police, was the 992nd person to be added to the Washington Post Police Shootings database in 2018. A new human rights data release from the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) […]

Our 2019 human rights data are now live We are delighted to say that all HRMI’s human rights data is now available at a brand-new data portal, here. Our data teams have been working hard for the last several months to produce 2019 updates for all our metrics, and you can now explore all of […]

We’re delighted to announce that we’re holding our fourth international HRMI co-design workshop, this time focused on tracking human rights in the Pacific region. The workshop will be held in central Auckland, New Zealand, on 19-21 August, 2019. We have set ourselves a grand new challenge, in two parts: to expand our civil and political […]

Do you want help using our data for your work? Do your stories need some hard numbers? If you’re reporting on any kind of social issue, or human story, the Human Rights Measurement Initiative’s country-by-country human rights information can help. The HRMI team is offering to host a 1-2 hour customised workshop for any civil […]

Do you ever wonder what goes into producing HRMI’s data on civil and political rights? On our data site, you see simple and clear charts, scores, and summaries of a country’s human rights performance. To produce a simple product that can be easily understood, aesthetically appealing, and accessible, here at HRMI, our days are anything […]

Read in another language한국어 (KO)русский (RU)Tiếng Việt (VI) Francés (FR) Español (ES) Do your stories need some hard numbers? If you’re reporting on any kind of social issue, or human story, sign up to be among the first to see our upcoming human rights report. In early June 2019 the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) […]

We are delighted to announce that HRMI will be presenting at international human rights and technology gathering RightsCon, in June 2019 in Tunis. We’ll be hosting a tech workshop unveiling our brand-new data portal (launching in June), and releasing our 2019 Human Rights Report, tracking the human rights progress of 160+ countries. RightsCon is an […]

Read in another languageعربى (AR) Español (ES) Francés (FR) 한국어 (KO)Português (PT)русский (RU)Tiếng Việt (VI) HRMI? Her-me? Her-mi? ‘The Human Rights Measurement Initiative’ is a bit of a mouthful, so we call it HRMI for short, pronounced ‘her-mee’. “Comparative data on countries’ human rights performance is a useful way to hold governments to account. The […]

This article has been updated to reflect 2019 HRMI data. Media stories of disappearances, arbitrary and illegal arrests, and extrajudicial killings are now so commonplace in Mexico that they almost seem normal. But the Human Rights Measurement Initiative’s new data measuring respect for civil and political rights in Mexico show that this situation is not […]

This article has been updated to reflect the 2019 HRMI data.  Since the election of Rodrigo Duterte in June 2016, a violent ‘war on drugs’ has claimed upwards of 5,000 lives in the Philippines. Executions by police and militia groups that target drug dealers and users not only exacerbate the drug problem but constitute a […]

This article has been updated to reflect the 2019 HRMI data.  The 2018 Brazilian Election Brazil is the latest country to be swept up by the international wave of far-right political success. On October 28th, Brazil elected the former military captain Jair Bolsonaro as its President; a major shift from the previous centrist government. With […]

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Human Rights Measurement Initiative co-founder Dr Susan Randolph’s work on measuring economic and social rights has won a prestigious international prize, the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, given by the University of Louisville. Susan co-wrote the 2015 book Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights with her two colleagues, Sakiko […]

Read in another languageعربى (AR) Español (ES) Francés (FR) 한국어 (KO)Português (PT)русский (RU)Tiếng Việt (VI) It’s an unfortunate reality that human rights advocates and journalists are often at risk of persecution from their governments. Since these brave and dedicated people are often the same in-country human rights experts we ask to participate in our data […]

Collaboration is a key value for us here at HRMI. The initiative, and each key strategic step, have been co-created by human rights experts around the world. At our most recent co-design workshop, in Johannesburg in September 2018, we came away with dozens of ideas for improving our work and making more impact. One of […]

Last month we held our third international co-design workshop, this time co-hosting with Amnesty International, in Johannesburg. We had 45 participants from more than 25 different countries, and our focus was on making the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) even better and co-designing ways for HRMI data to be used by human rights defenders and […]

[Read this in English here.] A liberdade de expressão está a ser atacada em Moçambique, segundo informação da Iniciativa de Medição dos Direitos Humanos (HRMI, Human Rights Measurement Initiative), que usa como base relatos de jornalistas dentro e fora do país. Principais conclusões Moçambique recebeu uma classificação de 3,6 em 10 relativamente à protecção da […]

After a successful 13-country pilot in 2018, we are expanding our Civil and Political Rights measurement to cover new countries. Who will be next? Read on to find out how we’re choosing the new participants, and how you can get involved. First things first: Are you in Tunisia, Lebanon, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden or Norway? […]

This year many in New Zealand are celebrating 125 years since the Parliament allowed women to have the vote. In her address to the United Nations General Assembly last month New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, however, ‘I for one will never celebrate the gains we have made for women domestically, while internationally other […]

The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi On 2 October 2018, the United States-based Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, went into the Saudi consulate in Turkey to get documents for his upcoming marriage. He left his phones with his fiancée outside the consulate, and never came out. Human Rights Watch reported: Khashoggi, 59, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul […]

This article has been updated to reflect the 2019 HRMI data.  Free speech is under attack in Mozambique, according to data from the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), backing up reports from journalists inside and outside the country. Key findings Mozambique received a score of 3.6 out of 10 for protection of freedom of opinion […]

Good news for Aucklanders! HRMI co-founder Anne-Marie Brook will be giving a public lunchtime seminar at the University of Auckland on 11 October, kindly hosted by Te Pūnaha Matatini and Amnesty International New Zealand. To improve human rights conditions, we first need to be able to measure them. Until now, the world hasn’t had a […]

This article has been updated to reflect the 2019 HRMI data. A 12-year-old girl in Nauru who set herself alight is just one of many refugee children there who are suffering from ‘resignation syndrome,’ a form of mental illness where they find life to be without hope and unbearable. As human rights defenders turn the […]

Thank you for your feedback! Thank you very much to everyone who has taken the time to tell us what you think about our human rights data. We’re constantly working on making our data better, so your feedback is always welcome and very useful. We’ve received a fair number of comments on our economic and […]

Some of our values here at the Human Rights Measurement Initiative are transparency, innovation and collaboration, which is why we work using co-design principles. We have held two co-design workshops so far, and have derived enormous benefit from the combined wisdom of people working in different human rights fields from around the world. Now that […]

Our three co-founders, Anne-Marie Brook, Susan Randolph, and K. Chad Clay, gave a seminar for the OECD on the Human Rights Measurement Initiative. You can watch the webcast here.

(Lee este artículo en español) To improve human rights conditions, we first need to be able to measure them. Until now, the available measures tracking human rights performance have been piecemeal and of varying quality, and it has been hard to get a comprehensive overview of how a country is performing. But no more! We […]

(Read this blog post in English) Para mejorar las condiciones de derechos humanos, primero debemos poder medirlos. Hasta ahora, las mediciones disponibles que rastrean el desempeño de derechos humanos han estado fragmentadas y de calidad diversa, y ha sido difícil tener una visión integral de cómo se desempeña un país. Pero ¡ya no! Nos complace […]

Over at OpenGlobalRights (OGR), the three co-founders of the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) – Anne-Marie Brook, K. Chad Clay, and Susan Randolph – write about how they put together the new HRMI dataset and what it means. “In the fight to improve global respect for human rights, activists have often lacked an important tool: […]

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is pleased to announce the first round of countries for which we will be producing our new civil and political rights metrics. The 13 countries are: Angola, Australia, Brazil, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. The 13 countries are: Angola, […]