Objective, Undeniable Evidence
The Human Rights Data analysis Group (HRDAG) develops database software, data collection strategies, and statistical techniques to measure human rights atrocities. This technology and analysis is used by truth commissions, international criminal tribunals, and non-governmental human rights organizations around the world.
Searching for Patterns in Chaos
An important problem in the fight against the abuse of human rights lies in the area of information management and analysis. The problem is not in the amount of information that comes out of the field. To the contrary, there are mountains of raw information.
The real problem lies in how this information is treated and managed. Arguments about the range and type of crimes, usually based on anecdotes and counter-anecdotes, can be manipulated and even discredited with inappropriate comparisons and invalid logic. Critics can discount inaccurate statistics and damage the credibility of human rights claims.
The use of information management techniques and advanced statistical analysis can help to solve this problem by providing massive, objective, and undeniable evidence of human rights violations, and giving voice to the thousands of victims and witnesses who have come forward to tell their stories.
Effective human rights research and advocacy requires statistics that are based on rigorous computing methods. The statistics, generated through the application of these methods, can be defended scientifically and have served as a powerful tool in drawing attention to injustice. These techniques are the driving force in the identification of the trends and patterns that are the real evidence of crimes of policy.
Building Evidence-based Arguments
HRDAG’s information technology solutions and statistical techniques help human rights advocates build. Directed by Dr. Patrick Ball, HRDAG includes programmers, statisticians, project managers and data processing experts. HRDAG offers the following services:
Offering Complete Technical Solutions
HRDAG also offers a range of generalized and custom technical solutions and services.
For complete information about how HRDAG works, visit the HRDAG website.