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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]