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Celebrating 40 Years of the CHR and the Directorship of Carol Corillon

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Committee on Human Rights (CHR), a standing committee composed of members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This timeline highlights important events in the CHR’s history and honors the achievements of Carol Corillon, who retired in 2015 after 33 years as CHR Director.

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Global Scientific Community Expresses Alarm Concerning Repressive Measures Taken Against Turkish Academics

The global scientific community has expressed concern over the repressive measures being taken against Turkish academics following the attempted military coup on July 15. Martin Chalfie, Chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine commented on the situation, noting that “(p)rotecting national security should not be incompatible with safeguarding fundamental rule of law and human rights principles.” Read more.
 

Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network) Issues Statement Concerning Repressive Measures against Turkish Academics
July 25, 2016

Members of the H.R. Network’s Executive Committee have closely followed events in Turkey following the attempted military coup on July 15 and are deeply concerned about the increasingly repressive measures being taken against Turkish academics. In the days since the attempted coup, the travel of academics has been restricted, Turkish academics abroad have been instructed to return to Turkey, more than 1,500 deans at universities throughout the country have been asked to tender their resignations, and hundreds of academics have been suspended from their posts.

Members of the Network’s Executive Committee have called for the government of Turkey to ensure that all measures taken in the interest of security are consistent with Turkey’s obligations under international human rights law. See full statement.
 

 

CHR at a Glance

The Committee on Human Rights (CHR) has produced a new infographic that provides a snapshot of our current and resolved cases concerning scientists, health professionals, and engineers around the world subjected to severe human rights abuses - whether as a result of their professional work or for having peacefully exercised their right to freedom of expression. The infographic also demonstrates the active support we enjoy from members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and highlights our engagement with UNESCO's human rights complaint body. 
 

* Data is taken from July 2016           

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Supporting Syrian higher education in crisis: Spotlight on IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund

Refugee Day 2016 2The CHR engages regularly with the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), which supports threatened scholars worldwide by providing fellowships for academics that face threats to their lives and careers in their home countries. These fellowships help scholars continue their work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide. At the spring 2016 meeting of the CHR, James King, IIE-SRF Assistant Director, spoke to members about IIE-SRF’s work, including its vital support of Syrian scholars during the 21st century’s worst humanitarian crisis. Read an overview of their work with threatened Syrian scholars and view video clips of James King’s presentation to the CHR.  

 

Health Professionals and Human Rights

During the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Annual Meeting, Leonard Rubenstein, Director of the Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict (Center for Public Health and Human Rights) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in the DRC, spoke to NAM members about attacks against healthcare professionals globally and the importance of supporting the work of medical professionals in conflict zones. In the video interviews below, both speakers draw attention to the role that health professionals and the international medical community can play in advancing human rights.

Health Professionals and Human Rights: A Conversation with Leonard Rubenstein from The Academies on Vimeo.

Working to Address, and to End, Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): A Conversation with Dr. Mukwege from The Academies on Vimeo.

 

 Check out CHR’s Infographics

The Committee on Human Rights (CHR) has developed three visual data sets to highlight our advocacy in support of scientists, engineers, and health professionals worldwide who have been targeted for their human rights or professional work. Each infographic provides a regional breakdown of our current* and resolved cases and types of abuse suffered by colleagues. Each also provides a snapshot of “member correspondents” of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine who lend support to the work of the CHR.

* Data is taken from 2015.

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Bahraini Health Professional Released after Serving Three-Year Sentence 

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Myanmarese Medical Doctor Tun Aung Conditionally Released
Matooq 2Bahraini Nurse Released from Prison
Tarek LoubaniCanadian Professors Cleared of Any Wrongdoing after 50 Days in Egyptian Prison
 Faruk YarmanTurkish Engineer Faruk Yarman Acquitted on Appeal and Released from Prison
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