Anne-Marie Brook talks about the Human Rights Measurement Initiative on RNZ's Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan.
Ms Brook said the tool was developed to cover serious gaps in the way human rights performance of countries was tracked around the world and to hold governments accountable.
"We are hoping it will make people pay more attention to [human rights] at least and perhaps encourage some more conversations about it," she said.
"Governments find it relatively easy to ignore human rights advocates, they do find it a lot harder to ignore the impact of the bottom line."
Ms Brook said the UN was supportive of their project and the initiative looked forward for more funding to expand their research.
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