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Indicators For Monitoring Human Rights

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Monitoring mechanisms for human rights in a broader sense include the use of indicators. Human rights indicators are increasingly used at all levels, from global to local. It is also a way to concretise rights from more abstract principles to operational tools on the ground. This chapter presents a background, elaborating on the development in diverse settings of indicators. It discusses the purpose of human rights indicators in detail, and introduces the two critical aspects of human rights indicators. The chapter examines that a matrixa framework of indicatorsas an integral component of human rights indicators. For reasons of coherence, comprehensiveness, objectivity and credibility, human rights indicators require operationalisation by being placed within a framework. Human rights indicators that are formulated and framed sufficiently well, moreover, be able to serve as communicators between disciplines and with reality.

Keywords: human rights indicators; matrix; monitoring mechanisms



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