News and Events

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 […]

Three or four times a year we update interested friends with an email newsletter. You can sign up to receive it in your own inbox, and if you missed out on our recent edition, please feel free to read this online version. Find out about our recent Pacific co-design workshop, our plans for expansion, new […]

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 […]

Content Warning: this article contains discussion of extreme violence and human rights violations. The issues of crime and illegal immigration in the southern United States have been thrust to the forefront of American political debate since the election of Donald Trump as President. The President has argued that the best way to counter these problems […]

Kyrgyzstan’s relatively peaceful presidential election in 2017 gives hope that the nation can make lasting changes. However, the situation of ethnic minorities there has shown little improvement since the outbreak of inter-ethnic violence between the ethnic majority Kyrgyz and the ethnic minority Uzbek population. UN reports estimate nearly 400,000 people were displaced as a result […]

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 […]

HRMI’s goal is to improve people’s lives, worldwide, by producing robust, comparable data on the human rights performance of countries. The data is published each year, free for anyone to use, on our data site. Can you help us do that, by becoming a HRMI Ambassador? Who can be a HRMI Ambassador? We are looking for […]

When the UN released its human rights report for Venezuela last month, the conclusion was damning. The Venezuelan government, headed by Nicolás Maduro, has dug the country into a human rights hole.  In an attempt to hide their transgressions, the Venezuelan government has ‘impose[d] a communicational hegemony by enforcing its own version of events and […]

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 […]

Sus historias, ¿necesitan algunas cifras concretas? Si está escribiendo una noticia sobre cualquier asunto de carácter social o una historia humana, inscríbase para ser uno de los primeros en ver nuestro próximo informe sobre derechos humanos. A principios de junio de 2019, la Iniciativa de Medición de los Derechos Humanos (HRMI, por sus siglas en […]

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 […]

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 […]

¿HRMI? ¿Her-me? ¿Her-mi? ‘Iniciativa de Medición de los Derechos Humanos” es un nombre un poco largo, por lo que, para abreviar, llamamos a esta iniciativa HRMI (por sus siglas en inglés) y lo pronunciamos “jer-mi”. “Los datos comparativos sobre el desempeño de los países respecto a los derechos humanos son una manera útil de hacer […]

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 […]

Es una triste realidad que los periodistas y defensores de los derechos humanos corran peligro de ser perseguidos por los gobiernos. Dado que estas personas valientes y dedicadas son a menudo los mismos expertos en derechos humanos en el país que les pedimos que participen en nuestra recopilación de datos, es realmente importante para nosotros […]

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 […]