CIRI Human Rights Data Project

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About the CIRI Human Rights Data Project

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The Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset is hosted and maintained by David Richards and David Cingranelli, both of Binghamton University. It contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 201 countries, annually from 1981-2010. 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.

Access the Data


The dataset (accessed on 12/14/2011) lists countries 201 countries and attaches a numerical value to human rights concepts such as free speech and torture.

The data use special codes such as "-999", "-66", and "-77", the definitions of which can be found on the FAQ page:

The list of human rights concepts they evaluated are:

  • Physical Integrity Rights Index
  • Disappearance
  • Extrajudicial Killing
  • Political Imprisonment
  • Torture
  • Old Empowerment Rights Index
  • New Empowerment Rights Index
  • Freedom of Assembly and Association
  • Freedom of Foreign Movement
  • Freedom of Domestic Movement
  • Freedom of Movement
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Electoral Self-Determination
  • Old Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Worker's Rights
  • Women's Economic Rights
  • Women's Political Rights
  • Women's Social Rights
  • Independence of the Judiciary