Thursday, November 8, 2012


HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS: A Guide to Measurement  (pdf file)

 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 2012.

Human Rights Indicators guide cover © OHCHR

The human rights journey from standard-setting to effective implementation depends, in large  measure, on the availability of appropriate tools  for policy formulation and evaluation. Indicators,  both quantitative and qualitative, are one such essential tool.
While the importance of indicators for the realization  of human rights is widely recognized, and even  enshrined in human rights treaties, as in article 31
of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities, their use has not yet become systematic.  The present Guide will help in filling this gap.

Human Rights Indicators - Indicators to promote and monitor the implementation of human rights


Qualitative and quantitative indicators are useful tools for promoting and monitoring the implementation of human rights. International human rights treaties and jurisprudence of the human rights treaty bodies call for the development of statistical indicators in compliance with international human rights norms and principles.
Human rights indicators are tools for States to assess their own progress in implementing human rights, formulate human rights-based public policies and programmes, and make precise information available to civil society and to national and international human rights monitoring mechanisms.

HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS: A Guide to Measurement  (pdf file)