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CIRI Human Rights Data Project

Posted by Megan on November 28, 2010

CIRI Human Rights Data Project has been around for a while, but recently rediscovered!

To quote from the resource website:

The Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries, annually from 1981-2009. It is designed for use by scholars and students who seek to test theories about the causes and consequences of human rights violations, as well as policy makers and analysts who seek to estimate the human rights effects of a wide variety of institutional changes and public policies including democratization, economic aid, military aid, structural adjustment, and humanitarian intervention.

Datasets can be assembled by choosing countries, indicators, and years and then downloaded to a spreadsheet.

Full coding documentation is available in PDF files.

Free registration is required to view the data.

Currently, the indicators in the database are:

  • Assembly & Association
  • Disappearance
  • Electoral Self-Determination (formerly Political Participation & Free and Fair Elections)
  • Empowerment Rights Index (An additive index summarizing government respect for electoral self-determination, movement, religion, speech, and workers’ rights)
  • Extrajudicial Killing
  • Movement
  • Physical Integrity Rights Index (An additive index summarizing government respect for disappearance, extrajudicial killing, political imprisonment, and torture)
  • Political Imprisonment
  • Religion
  • Speech
  • Torture
  • Women’s Economic Rights
  • Women’s Political Rights
  • Women’s Social Rights
  • Workers’ Rights
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