Comparative Human Rights Abuses
Via the Monkey Cage (Putting Cuban human rights violations in some context), Erik Voeten notes
In a recent article (ungated) in the American Political Science Review, Penn State political scientist Christopher J. Fariss develops a smart measurement model that captures the common component among different measures of physical integrity rights. Moreover, this model generates measures that are comparable over time.
He provides the following graph that relies on that measure:
1. If one is going to argue that the US cannot do business with Cuba because of its human rights record, then those self-same persons need to be calling for an embargo of Vietnam.
2. Cuba’s current human rights record, at least based on this metric, is roughly the same now as it was before the Revolution (when we had full relations).