Human Rights Benchmarks for EU’s External Policy

14-12-2011

Human rights benchmarks are points of references against which the EU’s external policy can be measured by means of regular, timely and systematically applied human rights indicators. Quantitative and qualitative indicators can identify benchmarks for EU’s policy vis-à-vis third countries as well as internally. The briefing paper is a technical summary how to develop indicators and benchmarks and consequently apply them to the needs of EU policy mechanisms. It is recommended to develop human rights benchmarks in-house within the EU and apply them consistently over a period of years through all external policy measures.

Human rights benchmarks are points of references against which the EU’s external policy can be measured by means of regular, timely and systematically applied human rights indicators. Quantitative and qualitative indicators can identify benchmarks for EU’s policy vis-à-vis third countries as well as internally. The briefing paper is a technical summary how to develop indicators and benchmarks and consequently apply them to the needs of EU policy mechanisms. It is recommended to develop human rights benchmarks in-house within the EU and apply them consistently over a period of years through all external policy measures.

Ekstern forfatter

Anja MIHR (Netherlands Institute of Human Rights - SIM, Utrecht University, the Netherlands)