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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 […]

This article has been updated to reflect the 2019 data. 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 […]

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, […]

To improve human rights conditions, you need to first measure them. How else would you know whether conditions were improving, deteriorating, or staying the same? Our team is building a new measurement system, and we urgently need the help of human rights practitioners. Over at OpenGlobalRights, I discuss the approach of the Human Rights Measurement […]

Measuring human rights is hard, but that’s no excuse not to do it. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) aims to use responsible and inclusive approaches to produce a comprehensive set of metrics on countries’ human rights performance. A blog by Anne-Marie Brook on the Responsible Data Forum discusses our design practices, and encourages nominations for […]

As Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz said: «In this world in which we are so centered on metrics, those things that are not measured get left off the agenda…. You need a metric to fight a metric«. The aim of the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is to create a comprehensive and reliable set of metrics […]