Tag Archives: Human Rights Indicators

New Publications on Human Rights Indicators; Afghan Asylum Seekers in the UK; Ethiopian migrants in Yemen; Transatlantic Trends; China; the Housing and Migration Network



By the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 2012.

The human rights journey from standard-setting to effective implementation depends, in large  measure, on the availability of appropriate tools  for policy formulation and evaluation. Indicators,  both quantitative and qualitative, are one such essential tool.
While the importance of indicators for the realization  of human rights is widely recognized, and even  enshrined in human rights treaties, as in article 31
of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities, their use has not yet become systematic.  The present Guide will help in filling this gap.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Librarians and Human Rights blog).

Broken futures: young Afghan asylum seekers in the UK
and on return to their country of origin.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research – Research Paper No. 246.
By Catherine Gladwell.
[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Desperate choices – Conditions, risks and protection failures affecting Ethiopian migrants in Yemen Oct 2012.
A new report by the Danish Refugee Council.

A joint report of the Danish Refugee Council (Regional Office for the Horn of Africa & Yemen) with the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS). The research and publication of this report is funded by the European Commission and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Article – Over 51,000 Ethiopian refugees entered Yemen since July 2012).

Transatlantic Trends 2012.
By the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

From the Forward: Over more than a decade, Transatlantic Trends has become the preeminent source of U.S. and European public opinion on a host of transatlantic issues, including common foreign policy challenges, support for NATO, the economy, and the rise of other world powers. The data provided by the surveys have become an invaluable tool for policymakers, the media, think tanks, and academics who have an impact on foreign policy decisions within their respective countries. In addition to producing original research, the survey’s goal is also to foster debate on the strategic policy goals, objectives, and values of the United States and Europe as members of the transatlantic community.

[Download the Key Findings and Access the Country Profiles]
(Source: DocuBase]

China and the International Human Rights System.
Source: Chatham House.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Housing associations and provision for destitute migrants
By the Housing and Migration Network.

The Housing and Migration Network has launched a destitution pack highlighting how housing associations and charities can work together to provide short-term housing, as well as the support needed, for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK. The destitution pack has been developed to help in particular, destitute asylum seekers who have no access to public funds but who have some prospect of regularising their status.   The pack is based on a Hope Housing model developed by Hope Projects in Birmingham.

[Download the Destitution Practice Pack October 2012 and also the Destitution Pack appendix October 2012]

The Housing and Migration Network has also published recent reports on:

  1. Findings of Metropolitan Migration Foundation survey on housing and migration
  2. Housing and Migration: A UK Guide to issues and solutions June 2012
  3. UK Migrants and the Private rented sector Full Report and Findings – February 2012
  4. Over Not Out: Research Report on LGBTI
Over Not Out: Research Report on LGBTI

Over Not Out: Research Report on LGBTI

The first ‘Over Not Out’ report has had a significant influence on UK policy and practice. Since it was published in 2009, the UK Border Agency began recording data on asylum claims based on sexual orientation and the Government Equalities Office developed and published two action plans on LGBT and Transgender equality, highlighting the main issues that LGBT people are facing and how these can be addressed.

Paul Birtill, Director of Metropolitan Migration Foundation said: “A lot has improved since our original report, however, there are still many challenges. For example, many interpreters haven’t been trained on LGBTI issues and housing strategies have largely ignored issues of migration, let alone LGBTI asylum seekers, despite previous commitments. There are still many LGBTI refugee and asylum seekers at risk of persecution in their home countries and unfortunately at risk of harassment and sexual and financial exploitation in the UK.”

(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – Housing and Migration Network launches a destitution pack).