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A few times a year we update interested friends with a short 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. In this edition we talk about HRMI’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and […]

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is the first global initiative to track the human rights performances of countries. This case study focuses on the economics and social rights outcomes for India, and can be treated as a press release for media. All data discussed below are available on our Rights Tracker. See also HRMI’s […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is a global collaborative project that tracks the human rights performance of countries. THIS POSITION IS NOW FILLED. We are looking for an academic collaborator to lead a workstream of human rights measurement specific to the Pacific region. Currently our main Pacific-specific product is the Pacific Module of our […]

As the first global initiative to track the human rights performances of countries, the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) produces scores for both civil and political rights and economic and social rights for Liberia. All the scores are available on our Rights Tracker. HRMI uses an expert survey methodology to collect data on civil and […]

As the first global initiative to track the human rights performances of countries, the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) provides both civil and political rights and economic and social rights scores for Kazakhstan, and many other countries. All our data are available on our Rights Tracker. HRMI uses an expert survey methodology to collect data […]

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is the first global initiative to track the human rights performances of countries. This country profile focuses on the economic and social rights outcomes for Nigeria. All data discussed below are available on our Rights Tracker. See also HRMI’s Research credentials.  Nigerians are fighting for better rights outcomes Nigeria […]

We’re delighted to have a new peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Human Rights: “Human rights data for everyone: Introducing the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI)” Anne-Marie Brook, K Chad Clay, and Susan Randolph, in Journal of Human Rights, Volume 19, No 3 (2020), pp 67-82. You can read it here as a free […]

As the first global initiative to track the human rights performances of countries, the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) has both civil and political and economic and social rights data for Kyrgyzstan. All our data is available on our Rights Tracker. HRMI uses an expert survey methodology to collect data on civil and political rights. To […]

Thousands of experts around the world are working hard to make poverty history, and improve the lives of millions of people. It’s not an easy job. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI, pronounced ‘her-mee’) brings new data tools to track progress, and reveal new ways countries can improve their people’s lives, even where resources are […]

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 […]

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 Rights Tracker 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Read in another languageEnglish (EN)عربى (AR)Español (ES)Francés (FR)한국어 (KO)Português (PT)русский (RU)Tiếng Việt (VI) HRMI? Her-me? Her-mi? A Iniciativa de Medição dos Direitos Humanos é  pouco difícil de pronunciar, por isso, chamamos-lhe HRMI para abreviar e pronuncia-se ‘her-mee’. ‘Os dados comparativos sobre o desempenho dos direitos humanos por países’ constituem uma maneira útil de responsabilizar os […]

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 […]

É uma infeliz realidade, os advogados e jornalistas defensores dos direitos humanos estão frequentemente em risco de serem perseguidos pelos seus governos. Já que estas pessoas corajosas e dedicadas são frequentemente os especialistas em direitos humanos nos respetivos países a quem pedimos para participar na nossa recolha de dados, proteger as suas identidades e minimizar […]