2018 PTS Release

2018 PTS Release

We are releasing the PTS Scores based on the most recent human rights reports from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the U.S. State Department. The data release covers events that took place between 1976 and 2017 and in 210 countries and territories. The figure above shows the annual average PTS scores over the period. Considering that the sample of reports does change from year to year, this figure does seem to suggest that human rights conditions have improved slightly since 2016. This year’s release includes:

All data, as well as the latest version of the codebook PTS-Codebook can be accessed here: Download

The Data Table on the website and the PTS-App have been updated and also contain the latest scores.


Last year’s version will still be available in various formats (i.e., .xlsx, .dta, .RData, and .csv) in our Data-Archive but we continue to report three sets of scores this year.

  • PTS scores based on Amnesty International reports are stored under the header PTS_A
  • PTS scores based on Human Rights Watch reports are stored under the header PTS_H
  • PTS scores based on State Department reports are stored under the header PTS_S

We fixed an error. Mexico’s PTS_S score for last year was reported as 2 in some of the versions of the dataset. This was a mistake and has been changed. Mexico’s PTS_S score for that 2016 is a 4.

Again, past releases (i.e., 2014, 2015, 2016) of the PTS dataset can be found here: Data-Archive