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IN HUMAN RIGHTS WORK INFORMATION IS POWER ONLY IF IT IS LINKED TO EXERTING INFLUENCE BY CLAIM HOLDERS –THUS THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR EMPOWERMENT.

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Human rights: Food for a deceivingly measured thought   Human Rights Reader 396   We all know it for long, don’t we?   The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element of so-called democratic societies. Those who manipulate the unseen mechanisms of society constitute an […]

IN HUMAN RIGHTS WORK, WE SHOULD BE MEASURING WHAT WE REALLY TREASURE! (N. Pillay)

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Food for a fetishized thought   Human Rights Reader 332   George Bernard Shaw said that statistics is a science that demonstrates that if my neighbor has two cars and I have none, both of us have one.   1. In the language of statistics, uncertainty is a latent variable*  (N. Bloom) …particularly when it […]

WE ARE SWARMED BY TOO MANY STATISTICS AND DATA THAT, AT THE END OF THE DAY, PROVIDE TOO LITTLE VALUABLE ACTIONABLE INFORMATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.

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Food for changing and transforming a thought   Human Rights Reader 279   -These days, we do not say or do anything that does not have numbers attached (statistics); judgment comes from the latter (so this can be called the ‘politics of data’). More numbers, more graphs, more histograms with a % on the top […]




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