Benchmarks used in the Annual Report
The facts at the top of each individual country entry in this report have been drawn from the following sources: All Life expectancy and Adult literacy figures are from the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report 2011.
Some countries that fall into the UNDP’s “high human development” bracket have been assumed by the UNDP to have a literacy rate of 99 per cent. Where this is the case, we have omitted the figure.
All Population figures are for 2011 and Under-5 mortality figures are for 2009, both drawn from the United Nations Population Fund’s State of World Population 2011 report.
Population figures are there solely to indicate the number of people affected by the issues we describe. Amnesty International acknowledges the limitations of such figures, and takes no position on questions such as disputed territory or the inclusion or exclusion of certain population groups.
Some country entries in this report have no reference to some or all of the above categories. Such omissions are for a number of reasons, including the absence of the information in the UN lists cited above.
These are the latest available figures at the time of going to print, and are for context purposes only. Due to differences in methodology and timeliness of underlying data, comparisons across countries should be made with caution.