Measuring human rights organization activity: A new dataset of over 120,000 press releases and 40 million social media posts Human rights organizations (HROs) occupy a central position in theoretical and empirical work on social control, human rights, and repression. The literature argues that HROs play a large role in shaping rights practices across countries. According to this view, HROs primarily influence rights practices by naming and shaming the abuses of rights violators via public pronouncements.
Measuring human rights organization influence: Evidence from 120,000 press releases and 30,000 congressional bills To what extent do human rights organizations (HROs) influence governments? HROs occupy a central role in theoretical and empirical work on social control, human rights, and repression. The literature argues that HROs play a large role in shaping rights practices across countries. According to this view, HROs primarily influence rights practices by naming and shaming the abuses of rights violators via public pronouncements.
The contours of human rights advocacy: Evidence from over 120,000 press releases issued by human rights organizations, 1996-2018 Have human rights improved across the globe? The answer to this fundamental question has considerable consequences for international and domestic policy and for how we understand the world around us. In this paper, we demonstrate why prior efforts to address this question provide biased answers. We then introduce a unique corpus of over 120,000 press releases from 10 international human rights organizations (HROs) that covers the years 1996-2018.
Examining the microfoundations of human rights support: Evidence from the U.S. and Canada When are individuals likely to support human rights? We argue that public support is a function of the perceived costs of rights and the level of international acceptance of those rights. If human rights policies are framed as either less costly to a country’s economic security or more beneficial to creating desired outcomes, support is more likely.
The Campus Human Rights Index: Ranking university commitments to human rights To what extent do universities support human rights? For decades, university campuses have been the front line of struggles for human rights and social justice. This legacy fuels the perception that universities are bastions of progressive ideas with a bias for rights protection, making them one of the primary targets of authoritarian leaders intent on suppressing dissent. In reality, however, we have reasons to believe that universities diverge significantly in their commitment to promote and protect human rights, even within the U.