Human Rights Indicators

A Guide to Measurement and Implementation

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Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation aims to assist in developing quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure progress in the implementation of international human rights norms and principles. It describes the conceptual and methodological framework for human rights indicators recommended by international and national human rights mechanisms and used by a growing number of governmental and non-governmental actors. It provides concrete examples of indicators identified for a number of human rights—all originating from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—and other practical tools and illustrations, to support the realization of human rights at all levels. The Guide will be of interest to human rights advocates as well as policymakers, development practitioners, statisticians and others who are working to make human rights a reality for all.




The preparation of this publication would not have been possible without the contributions and support of a large number of individuals and organizations. It benefited from the guidance of the human rights treaty bodies and a series of consultations and workshops organized by OHCHR between 2005 and 2012 in different countries and regions. OHCHR is particularly grateful to Rajeev Malhotra for initiating and conceptualizing the work on indicators for human rights at OHCHR and for his leading role in the development of the Guide with Nicolas Fasel and Grace Sanico Steffan. OHCHR wishes to thank Martin Scheinin for his substantive leadership and the following other members (or former members) of human rights treaty bodies, special rapporteurs and experts for their invaluable guidance and support: Francisco Alba, Jana Asher, José Francisco Calí Tzay, Audrey R. Chapman, Eitan Felner, Maria Virginia Bras Gomes, Paul Hunt, Moushira Khattab, Miloon Kothari, Lothar Krappmann, Todd Landman, Manfred Nowak, Michael O’Flaherty, Mark Orkin, Victoria Popescu, Eibe Riedel, Hans-Otto Sano, the late Hanna Beate Schoepp-Schilling, Mehmet Sevim and Christopher Stone. OHCHR also wishes to thank the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Statistical Division), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (PARIS21/Metagora) for the essential expertise they provided to this work.


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