Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New Data Confirms: The U.S. is Falling Behind in Protecting a Range of Human Rights

A new report from the ambitious Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) shows just how far behind the U.S. is internationally among its peers in protecting human rights.  According to HRMI data, many people in the U.S. lack civil and political rights, and many people are not safe from arbitrary arrests or extrajudicial killings.  The U.S. also falls significantly short in ensuring economic and social rights commensurate with the nation's resources.

The HRMI is hosted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, a non-profit research institute based in New Zealand, ranked in the top ten economic think-tanks worldwide.

The recently-released report was prepared in close collaboration with a number of academic organisations, and a range of NGOs working worldwide to advance human rights. 

The initial 2019 data set

  • Annual data on five economic and social rights for 120 to 180 countries (depending on the right) from 2006 to 2016.
  • Data on seven civil and political rights for 19 countries for the two years 2017 and 2018.

HRMI will be building out this work with more data in the coming months and years.


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