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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 […]

Would you like a short tour through the HRMI Rights Tracker? Watch this short video to follow Thalia as she demonstrates how to get the most out of the Rights Tracker for your own work. We’ve published this video with English captions so far, and more languages to come. If you would like it to […]

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 […]

Did you miss the webinar for our 2020 Rights Tracker data launch? We have put together a YouTube playlist of 29 short clips from the webinar for your convenience. Feel free to watch and share! Rights Tracker Click here to explore the 2020 Rights Tracker. Full webinar The full webinar is also available on YouTube. […]

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 […]

Вашим историям необходимы точные цифры? Если вы пишете о какой-то социальной проблеме или историю о человеке, подпишитесь, чтобы одним из первых увидеть наш предстоящий отчет о правах человека. В начале июня 2019 г. Инициатива по оценке соблюдения прав человека (HRMI) выпустит свой Глобальный доклад по правам человека, в котором будет отслеживаться прогресс в области соблюдения […]

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 […]

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 […]