COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The Committee on Human Rights (CHR), created in 1976, is a standing committee of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. It uses the influence and prestige of the institutions it represents in behalf of scientists, engineers, and health professionals anywhere in the world who are unjustly detained or imprisoned for exercising their basic human rights as promulgated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). More information about the CHR.
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK
The CHR also serves as the secretariat of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network). It works to address grave issues of science and human rights, particularly the unjust detention or imprisonment of scientists, scholars, engineers, and health professionals throughout the world. It seeks to promote the free exchange of ideas and opinions among scientists and scholars in all countries, and it stands in solidarity with sister national academies and scholarly societies worldwide to support their independence and autonomy. More information about the H.R. Network.
In the spotlight
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Francois Jacob, a founding and dedicated member of our International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies and life-long human rights advocate. He, along with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, represented the French Academy of Sciences.
April 22, 2013
Although absolved of the charges brought against him, South African oncologist Cyril Karabus must remain in the United Arab Emirates because the prosecution has decided to appeal his acquittal.
Longstanding CHR case of Indian medical doctor and rights advocate, Binayak Sen, MD, described in The New York Times. The article includes an interview with Dr. Sen and mention of the petitions by Nobel Laureates in his behalf that were organized and coordinated by the CHR.
Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies Issues Statement Regarding Conviction of Six Italian Scientists
October 26, 2012
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