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Aotearoa New Zealand has long-standing human rights challenges, and discrimination against certain groups of people is a big part of the problem. HRMI has a new paper out, commissioned by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, which helps to identify where resources are most urgently needed in housing and health care in Aotearoa. Monitoring the […]

Our Pacific Data team has now published new findings on human rights issues specific to the Pacific region. The team is led by Seuta’afili Dr Patrick Thomsen and Dr Sam Manuela, from the University of Auckland, who have been ably supported by research assistants Roi Burnett and Allyssa Verner-Pula. You can see the new Pacific data by […]

We are proud to present our new report, Human Rights During the Pandemic, showing how human rights were affected by government responses to Covid-19 in 39 countries. Here’s the report’s Foreword from Rt Hon Helen Clark, former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and former Prime Minister of New Zealand: Recently I had the privilege […]

Be among the first in the world to see our 2021 Rights Tracker scores, and learn what the latest Human Rights Measurement Initiative research shows about how Covid-19 has affected human rights around the world. Join the HRMI team for a 90-minute webinar introducing the 2021 dataset, and hear from our research leads about the […]

By HRMI co-founders Susan Randolph and Anne-Marie Brook, and Thalia Kehoe Rowden This article uses data published on the Rights Tracker in June 2020.  There are strong connections between human rights monitoring and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indeed, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ‘seeks to realise the human rights of all.’ So it […]

Are you a student looking for a meaningful human rights internship, for course credit, or in a paid role? Come and join us at the Human Rights Measurement Initiative. We love hosting interns! HRMI interns quickly become core members of our team, and are able to contribute their thoughts and opinions in all areas of […]

We’re delighted to have a new peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Peace Research: “Using practitioner surveys to measure human rights: The Human Rights Measurement Initiative’s civil and political rights metrics” K Chad Clay, Ryan Bakker, Anne-Marie Brook, Daniel W Hill, Jr, Amanda Murdie, in Journal of Peace Research, October 2020 You can read it […]

In the coming year we want to extend our expert survey to more countries in East and South East Asia, and we’re asking for help to make this possible. Will you join us in our work to measure what matters? You can go straight to our Open Collective crowdfunding page to make a donation, or […]

HRMI co-founder, and civil and political rights metrics lead, K Chad Clay is interviewed by Chalin Askew for the season finale of new podcast The Delve. It’s an excellent conversation about the United States’ human rights record, covering police brutality, racial justice, family separation, and more, and Chalin is a great interviewer. Head to the […]

We are delighted to announce that we have joined Patreon so that human rights supporters all over the world can make financial contributions – large or small – to our work in measuring what matters. It looks like this: If you think our human rights measurement work is useful and important, and want to invest […]

Since 2005, every United Nations member state has participated in the Universal Periodic Review, a process for countries to reflect on – and improve – their human rights performance. The UPR involves governments, National Human Rights Institutes, civil society organisations, and the general public, who can all give input into the review of their country. […]

It’s not just construction projects that can drive economic recovery as countries start to rebuild after the Covid-19 pandemic. HRMI’s Strategy and Communication Lead, Thalia Kehoe Rowden, has written an op-ed, published in New Zealand newspapers, reminding governments that investing in jobs in ‘social infrastructure’ brings economic benefits: Jobs in the non-profit world are also […]

By Anne-Marie Brook, HRMI co-founder and strategy and development lead Our good news Securing funding for HRMI’s work is one of my roles and one that I never feel I have enough time for. But recently we’ve been on a bit of a roll. Here’s the good news. We’ve recently had our funding renewed from […]

We are thrilled to share with you the first ever HRMI Pacific Report. This report was produced with data from the new ‘Pacific Specific’ module for the 2020 human rights survey, a set of questions which only appears for survey respondents who are commenting on countries in the Pacific region. The themes covered in the […]

We will release our 2020 human rights scores on 24/25 June and we’re very much looking forward to sharing them with the world. You are warmly invited to our online launch event, and be among the first in the world to explore the human rights data. Please register here. Journalists can sign up to receive […]

HRMI co-founder Anne-Marie Brook is interviewed by Megan Doepker for this episode of her This is Candor podcast. It’s an inspiring conversation, and Megan has great questions. Head to the podcast page for subscription links, or listen below.     Thanks for your interest in HRMI. To explore our human rights scores, please visit our […]

What’s the difference between a protest and a riot? WUGA’s Gemma DiCarlo interviewed HRMI co-founder Chad Clay on the protest movement in the US, sparked by the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. You can listen to the article on WUGA. Thanks for your interest in HRMI. To explore our human rights scores, […]

These are hard times. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing immense disruption, grief, and anxiety, as well as physical suffering and death, in most countries in the world. And yet this disruption may also bring hope, and opportunities for communities to build a new and better world, both now and in the coming years and months, […]

What gets measured gets improved. If you want human rights to be prioritised and improved in your country, you probably know that robust, internationally-comparable human rights measurement data is necessary We are asked almost daily to expand our human rights measurement work to new countries. If you would like us to produce data for your […]

Aroha mai, aroha atu: a key theme that emerged in conversations at the recent Pacific Region Co-Design Workshop was that if HRMI wanted to expand its human rights data collection work throughout the Pacific, there will need to be a reciprocal relationship, where HRMI are givers as well as receivers. Our annual human rights survey […]

HRMI is the first global initiative to track the human rights progress of countries, systematically. If you work with refugees and asylum seekers, or on related issues, our data can help, in several different ways. We measure the human rights performance of countries on civil and political rights (19 countries in 2019, with many more […]

In August, a group of 43 representatives from HRMI and the Pacific Region converged on Auckland for three days of connecting with one another, learning from one another, and exploring the potential for improving human rights in the region through expansion of HRMI’s human rights dataset. In the spirit of HRMI’s core values of collaboration […]

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 […]

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 Rights Tracker, 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 […]