Qualitative and quantitative indicators are essential tools in the realization of human rights. International human rights treaties and jurisprudence of the human rights treaty bodies call for the development of statistical indicators and data collection to help measure our progress in human rights.
Human rights indicators are tools for States to assess their own progress in implementing human rights and compliance with the international treaties. They can assist national governments in implementing rights-based policy, bolster cases argued by human rights advocates and provide further access to information.
Development of OHCHR’s framework of indicators was guided by the principles adopted for the work of the Human Rights Council: universality, impartiality, objectivity and cooperation to strengthen the capacity of Member States in meeting their human rights obligations. This process has built on a multidisciplinary approach and involved consultations with a wide range of international and national actors, including government agencies, national human rights institutions, statistics offices and civil society organizations.
OHCHR’s Guide on Human Rights Indicators is neither designed, nor is it suitable for ranking States based on an overall human rights performance. Neither is it a substitute for more comprehensive and judicial human rights assessments.
Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation
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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation. The publication aims to assist in developing quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure progress in the implementation of international human rights norms and principles.
The Guide 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.
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