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Data is necessary for the realization of human rights. Without it we cannot understand the prevailing human rights situation, we cannot make informed policy decisions, and we cannot assess the effectiveness of those policy decisions.

The collective position articulates a series of principles and recommendations states should follow when collecting, analyzing and using data for public decision-making, in line with human rights obligations. It also provides a comprehensive overview of key data-related issues (e.g. representativeness, quality, privacy, transparency…) that are instrumental in advancing ESCR, and that as human rights advocates, we should be aware of. In particular, this final version contains stronger analysis on issues of equality and non-discrimination and privacy in light of the impacts of digitalization and data commercialization on ESCR.  

This collective position is the outcome of a two-year long process that involved over 25 organizations, social movements, and individual members of the Network who have co-drafted and provided inputs on the document. 



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