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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.

To download a copy (9.4 MB), click on the cover page.

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Summary English | French | Spanish
Complete Guide English | French | Spanish
Cover, Foreword, Acknowledgments  English | French | Spanish
Contents, Abbreviations and Acronyms English | FrenchSpanish
Introduction English | FrenchSpanish
Chapter 1 - Human rights and indicators: rationale and some concerns English | FrenchSpanish
Chapter 2 - Conceptualizing indicators for human rights English | FrenchSpanish
Chapter 3 – Methodological approaches to human rights indicators English | FrenchSpanish
Chapter 4 – Illustrating the framework: Indicators for some rights English | FrenchSpanish
Chapter 5 – Framework in practice: implementing and monitoring rights English | French | Spanish

Annexes, Glossary:
- Metadata sheets on selected indicators
- Databases of United Nations and other international organisations on human rights issues and population groups

Glossary of statistical terms   

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