Summary of the 2nd Annual Symposium of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights

May 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

Using indicators for measuring the fundamental human rights was the main topic of the Second Annual Symposium of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. More than 80 participants from different national, international, governmental and non-governmental agencies along with a handful of academics pondered on how to measure fundamental rights, which rights, in which countries and how exactly.

During the first day Craig Mokhiber from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner  for Human Rights briefly presented OHCHR’s conceptual and methodological framework for conceptualizing and  measuring  human rights. Three types of indicators are used in the structural, process and outcome. Practical implementation of the framework in Mexico was presented during the second day of the symposium.

Trevor Phillips from the UKs Equality and Human Rights Commission presented their triennial review How Fair is Britain. Along with the other findings How Fair is Britain reports that “In many ways, Britons are becoming more tolerant of difference and more welcoming of diversity.“ Several areas of freedoms and capabilities are studied in order to assess the fairness of the society – life, security, health, education, employment, standard of living, care and support and power and voice. In addition seven variables are used to desegregate the indicators of human rights: age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender status.

End of part 1

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Human Rights, Measuring Access to Justice.

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