Human Rights Statistics

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

The original data sources for these data and statistics can be found here. I also want to mention Hans Rosling’s Gapminder, a great tool to visualize data, as well as this, this and this data source.

Measurement issues

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.

(Press Ctrl+F – command+F on a Mac – to find something in this long list).


statistics on abortion
statistics on arms trade
statistics on asylum
statistics on calorie intake
statistics on capital punishment
statistics on capital punishment in the U.S.
statistics on child and infant mortality
statistics on child labor
statistics on child marriage
statistics on child soldiers
statistics on democracy
statistics on democracy and education
statistics on democracy and GDP (National Income)
statistics on discrimination
statistics on discrimination of homosexuals
statistics on discrimination of minorities
statistics on discrimination of women
statistics on education
statistics on education levels and achievements
statistics on female genital mutilation
statistics on forced labor
statistics on freedom
statistics on freedom and happiness
statistics on freedom of movement
statistics on freedom of the press and freedom of speech
statistics on good governance and corruption
statistics on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) correlations
statistics on hate crime
statistics on health
statistics on health spending
statistics on the number of health workers
statistics on HIV/AIDS
statistics on homelessness
statistics on hunger
statistics on income inequality
statistics on international development aid
statistics on international intervention
statistics on labor conditions
statistics on leisure
statistics on life expectancy
statistics on literacy levels
statistics on maternal mortality
statistics on migration
statistics on military spending
statistics on modern slavery
statistics on poverty
statistics on poverty, urbanization and slums
statistics on poverty and absolute income levels
statistics on poverty and discrimination
statistics on poverty and economic growth
statistics on poverty and education
statistics on poverty and health
statistics on poverty and immigration
statistics on poverty and unhappiness
statistics on poverty in Africa
statistics on poverty in South Africa
statistics on poverty in India
Statistics on poverty in Japan
statistics on poverty in the U.K.
Statistics on Poverty in the EU
statistics on poverty in the US
statistics on poverty in China
statistics on poverty in Brazil
Statistics on poverty in Latin America
statistics on prisoner population rates
statistics on privacy protection
statistics on racism
statistics on refugees
statistics on religion
statistics on remittances
statistics on segregation
statistics on support for democracy
statistics on support for human rights
statistics on support for human rights and democracy
statistics on terrorism
statistics on tolerance
statistics on torture
statistics on voter turnout and numbers of elections
statistics on violence
statistics on violent conflict
statistics on war and conflict
statistics on xenophobia
statistics on xenophobia, migration and asylum

23 thoughts on “Human Rights Statistics

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  12. Mish says:

    This is a great website! Thank you so much for collecting all these figures and charts in one easily navigable place! It really helped me with my human rights Geo. homework.

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