Welcome to Votes Count, a website dedicated to shedding light on how member states of the UN Human Rights Council, and the council itself, respond to serious violations of human rights across the globe.

You can explore the data on this site, analyzing voting patterns by country, region or issue and creating visualizations that to highlight trends. And everything you create can be easily shared across social networks.

Here’s a quick guide below to get you started – there are more resources and tutorials available at the Silk site. 

First step is to click the “Explore” button at the top of the page:

The drop-down menu shown below gives you many optional data points to explore. For example you can analyze by “yes” votes, or “no” votes, or by specific resolution, like “HRC 19 – Iran.”

Say, for example, you wanted to see how different countries voted “yes” on the  Iran resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. Simply select “HRC 19 – Iran” and the following list will be displayed:

You can gather more detail by adding columns – say for “Voted No” votes, by the years the country was a member of the council (“HRC Membership”) and what region (“Region”) they come from. That generates the following table:

You can also generate all sorts of data visualizations of the data you are interested in by clicking on the “Table” icon on the left – lists, grids, groups, maps or pie charts. 

For example: If you wanted to generate a pie chart showing which countries most frequently voted “yes,” on resolutions, you would choose “pie chart” “country” and “yes,” to generate the following chart: