Human Rights and Statistics
Getting the Record Straight
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
480 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 57 illus.
- ISBN: 9780812231083
- Published: January 1992
Effective human rights advocacy and research require the use of statistics, carefully collected and objectively analyzed and presented, using the best techniques available. Statistics that lack credibility are of little value. Those that can be defended against critics can be effective in throwing the light on violations and promoting the observance of human rights for all.
The contributors to this book, including experts in political science, public health, law, forensic pathology, and statistics, illustrate good statistical practice in the field of human rights and show the importance of collaboration between statisticians and other professionals. The treatment is largely nonmathematical, and the examples provide broad coverage of all features of the collection and use of statistical data on human rights violations. For readers who would like to do their own analyses, an extensive guide to human rights data sources is included.
This book is the first to describe and summarize important issues associated with the collection and uses of human rights statistics.
1. Exploring Human Rights Issues with Statistics
—Richard P. Claude and Thomas B. Jabine
2. The Limitations of Using Quantitative Data in Studying Human Rights Abuses
—Robert Justin Goldstein
3. Use of Incomplete and Distorted Data in Inference About Human Rights Violations
—Douglas A. Samuelson and Herbert F. Spirer
4. Guidelines for Field Reporting of Basic Human Rights Violations
—Randy B. Reiter , M. V. Zunzunegui , and Jose Quiroga
5. HURIDOCS Standard Formats as a Tool in the Documentation of Human Rights Violations
6. The Rights of Collectivities: Principles and Procedures in Measuring the Human Rights Status of Communal and Political Groups
—Ted Robert Gurr and Barbara Harff
7. Political Rights and Political Liberties in Nations: An Evaluation of Human Rights Measures, 1950 to 1984
—Kenneth A. Bollen
8. Problems of Concept and Measurement in the Study of Human Rights
—George A. Lopez and Michael Stohl
9. Human Rights Reporting as a Policy Tool: An Examination of the State Department Country Reports
—Judith Eleanor Innes
10. Human Rights Reporting in Two Nations: A Comparison of the United States and Norway
11. Statistical Evidence of Racial Disparities in Death Sentencing: A Critical Analysis of McCleskey v. Kemp
—Glenn Dickinson and William B. Fairley
12. A Statistical Analysis of Dutch Human Rights Case Law Manfred Nowak and Herman von Hebel
13. An Epidemiology of Homicide: Ningún Nombre Burials in the Province of Buenos Aires from 1970 to 1984
—Clyde Collins Snow and Maria Julia Bihurriet
14. New Patterns of Oppression: An Updated Analysis of Human Rights Data
—David L. Banks
15. A Guide to Human Rights Data Sources
—Michael Cain , Richard P. Claude , and Thomas B. Jabine
An interesting and intelligent volume. ~Times Literary Supplement
A marvelous treatment of the difficulties and rewards of social science research. . . . Anyone whose teaching includes social science research methods and methodology should be familiar with this book. ~American Political Science Review
The book as a whole should be very interesting for human rights researchers as well as for statisticians. ~Austrian Journal of Public and International Law