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.



Framework in practice implementing and monitoring rights

We started to talk with institutions and persons we had never met until then: the [National Commission on Human Rights], the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and several senior scholars working in the fields of human rights, democracy and governance. … we discovered highly qualified potential partners and started to explore with them how to work together. While the discussions on the possibility of measuring human rights and democratic governance were not always easy—as each partner had his own specific conceptual background, method of work and particular agenda— we realised that our Institution had a lot to gain and a lot to provide in this process of dialogue and incipient collaboration.


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