Why do we need human rights statistics?
The topic of human rights is in need of a data approach because the traditional way of dealing with it is way too anecdotal. The main advantage of such a data approach is that it can measure a general state of affairs, not limited to specific cases or events. It provides a more general understanding of the level of respect for (a) human right(s) in a particular country or region, and it uncovers trends that are not immediately detectable on the microscopic level of individual events.
What is this page about?
So that’s the reason why I often blog about statistical data on trends and distributions of human rights violations. Since not everyone is interested in the personal comments and reflections that are part and parcel of blog posts, I’ve decided to create a few static pages – more website-like pages rather than blog posts – where I copy the statistics and the data I blog about. This way, those statistics and data are easier to find and readers don’t have to scan thousands of blog posts or to filter out my personal comments.
Below you’ll find links to pages containing data and statistics by subject. At first sight, not all subjects may seem to be relevant from a human rights point of view, but they are. You should probably read the rest of the blog on a regular basis for a clearer picture of the reasons why I believe this is the case. You should also do this if you want to have commented data rather than raw data.
Original data sources
Before delving into the data, perhaps it’s useful if you first take a step back in order to think, not about the data, but about human rights measurement. For this purpose, you may want to read this theoretical article about human rights and statistics, and about some of the problems resulting from the attempts to measure human rights; and also these cautionary tales about the value of statistics in general. And then there’s a selection of theoretical posts here dealing with specific issues of human rights measurement.
A criticism of the quantitative approach to human rights is here.