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The New Barbarianism Screening and Panel Discussion

New Tactics of Abuse: Digital Surveillance and Human Rights

Executive Committee of H.R. Network Issues Statement in Support of Turkish Academics 

Exploring the Tensions Between National Security and Academic Freedom 

Global Scientific Community Expresses Alarm Concerning Repressive Measures Taken

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

Appeals Court Dismisses Tunisian Mathematician’s Case and Orders His Release

Executive Committee of the H.R. Network Issues Statement Concerning Threats to Turkish Scholars

Science Article Highlights Crackdown Against Turkish Academics

Collaborating on Human Rights Investigations: Fire Research and Forensic Science

The International H.R. Network Holds its Twelfth Biennial Meeting in Panama City, Panama

Turkish Surgeon Mehmet Haberal Elected President of the Transplantation Society

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

Refugee Day 2016 2

The 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

Scientists, Engineers, and Medical Doctors in Turkey: A Human Rights Mission: A report to the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies by Carol Corillon, Peter Diamond, and Hans-Peter Zenner

Medical Doctor and Former Rector of the University of Istanbul, Released by Turkish authorities
March 12, 2014

Kemal Alemdaroglu

The CHR learned yesterday from colleagues in Turkey that Kemal Alemdaroglu had just been released from Silivri prison and returned home. We have been working closely with his family and expect they will send us details about the circumstances of his release in the coming days. Meanwhile, we wanted to share the good news and to thank our “Correspondents,” and Network participating academies for their many interventions in Dr. Alemdaroglu’s behalf. For background information on his case and the Ergenekon Trial, see our 2013 report, Scientists, Engineers, and Medical Doctors in Turkey: A Human Rights Mission.  



Turkish Medical Doctor Fatih Hilmioglu Released on Medical Grounds
February 20, 2014

Hilmioglu, Fatih

The CHR has just learned from Turkish colleagues that Dr. Fatih Hilmioglu has been granted a precautionary release from Silivri prison on medical grounds. Turkish doctors have testified that he suffers from stage three liver cancer. The Constitutional Court made the ruling one day after Dr. Hilmioglu's lawyers submitted a report by a team of medical experts stating that the medical treatment Dr. Hilmioglu requires would not be possible in the Silivri prison facility. Dr. Hilmioglu's lawyer has stated to the press that the Constitutional Court's ruling was taken as a precaution, and was the first of its kind. Read more


CHR Director Carol Corillon Speaks at Gresham College
Academics urged to do more on human rights, Times Higher Education, December 13, 2013 

Turkish Engineer Kemal Gürüz Released from Prison Pending Trial Outcome
September 5, 2013

Alberts with Guruz and Haberal

CHR has just been informed about the release of Kemal Gürüz, former head of the Higher Education Board (YÖK) in Turkey, by his wife Guniz. The court ordered his release from prison pending the outcome of the February 29 Postmodern Coup Trial, which began earlier this week. The only non-member of the military charged in the trial, he had been held in prison since June 2012. At the end of August, he was sentenced in another trial, called Ergenekon, to 13 years 11 months in prison. He is permitted to remain free pending the outcome of his appeal. For more information on Professor Gürüz's case, see the report below.



Dr. Kemal Guruz (left) and Dr. Mehmet Haberal (right) with
former NAS President Dr. Bruce Alberts in September 2013.

Verdicts Announced Today in Turkey’s Ergenekon Trial
August 5, 2013

Related articles:
Fact-Finding Mission Condemns Persecution of Academics, University World News, August 20, 2013
Stand up for Turkey's jailed doctors and scientists, New Scientist, August 15, 2013
Show Trials on the Bosphorus, The New Yorker, August 14, 2013
A 'Miscarriage of Justice'?, Inside Higher Ed, August 14, 2013
Unfair trial in Turkey, The Boston Globe, August 9, 2013
Scientists Swept Up in Terrorism Trials, Nature, August 6, 2013
The Plot and the Ivory Tower: Scholars Targeted in the Ergenekon Trial, Amnesty International-USA's Turkey Regional Action Network, August 6, 2013
Turkish Scientists Face Injustice, The Scientist, August 5, 2013

South African Oncologist Cyril Karabus Finally Permitted to Leave the UAE and Return Home
May 17, 2013

Nobel Laureate, lifelong human rights advocate, and founding member of our Network, Francois Jacob, dies at age 92
April 22, 2013

Network Founding MembersIt is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Francois Jacob (pictured second from left), a founding and dedicated member (from 1993) of our International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies and determined human rights advocate. He represented the French Academy of Sciences. Professor Jacob hosted the Network’s 2001 three-day biennial meeting, at the Institute de France, with his usual dignity and grace. He was a remarkable human being who we were blessed to work with for more than 25 years.

François Jacob, Geneticist Who Pointed to How Traits Are Inherited, Dies at 92, The New York Times, April 25, 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 

Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies Issues Statement Regarding Iranian Education Restrictions on Women
September 5, 2012

Peter Vale, Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Writes Article Following H.R. Network Meeting in Taipei

Abdallah Daar, Executive Committee Member of H.R. Network, Speaks Out in Behalf of Jailed Turkish Medical Doctor

Felton Earls, Executive Committee Member of H.R. Network, Speaks Out in Behalf of Jailed Turkish Academic

Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies Issues Public Appeal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
June 12, 2012

Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies Issues Public Appeal and Letter for Convicted Medics in Bahrain
King of Bahrain urged to uphold principle of medical neutrality. Related articles:

H.R. Network Holds 10th Biennial Meeting in Taiwan
May 23-26, 2012

Science Academy--Istanbul Founded in Turkey
See below for H.R. Network actions regarding the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Related article:

Formerly Imprisoned Medical Doctor Moncef Marzouki Named President of Tunisia
January 13, 2012

CHR Celebrates 35 Years of Securing Freedom and Providing Hope

Indian Pediatrician Binayak Sen Wins New York Academy of Sciences Human Rights Award
September 22, 2011

Turkish Academy of Sciences President Yücel Kanpolat Thanks H.R. Network's Executive Committee for Sending Letters of Concern to Turkish Authorities
See below for H.R. Network actions.
September 28, 2011

Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies Writes to Turkish Authorities Regarding the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA)
It is "deeply distressed to learn of the recent government decree that appears to restructure TUBA and effectively remove its independence."  
Related articles published:

"Elder" Scientists Form Human Rights Group in India
In 2011, nine former presidents of India's principal Academies endorsed an appeal signed by more than 50 Noble Laureates to the Indian government in behalf of imprisoned pediatrician Binayak Sen. Subsequently, in May 2012, several of these Indian scientists created an open group of "elder" scientists "that will take up issues related to the rights of scientists and other intellectual workers." To read more about the new human rights group, see "Committee on Human Rights," Current Science, May 25, 2012.

Nature article titled “Human-rights shift under fire” mentions CHR, along with Joel Lebowitz (NAS) and recently retired NAS and NRC Executive Officer Bill Colglazier
July 27, 2011

Invitation from Scholars at Risk to "Courage to Think" Conference
The October 3 and 4, 2011, event will mark the organization's 10th anniversary. 

U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO addresses CHR
Ambassador David Killion praised the work of the CHR with UNESCO, particularly the committee's submissions on unjustly imprisoned scientists to UNESCO's Committee on Conventions and Recommendations, at a CHR working dinner on May 3, 2011.

Cooperation by International Scientific Community Needed in Japan
In response to a letter of condolence from the H.R. Network, the Science Council of Japan shared its plan to participate in rebuilding Japan and its hope that the international scientific community will help.

Indian Pediatrician Binayak Sen Released on Bail; Appeal Process Ongoing
On April 18, 2011, the Supreme Court of India granted bail to Dr. Sen, who is appealing a life sentence handed down in late December 2010, and said there was no evidence to support his conviction.

UNESCO's Governing Board Indefinitely Suspends Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Life Sciences Research Prize
In May 2010 the H.R. Network's Executive Committee joined an international campaign to urge UNESCO to abolish the Obiang prize.

H.R. Network Opposes Efforts to Weaken or Eliminate Vital Human Rights Activity at UNESCO
September 2010

International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies sends condolences to Science Council of Japan regarding recent catastrophic events

"Clash of Values Between Turkish Government and University Professors" by H.R. Network Executive Director, Carol Corillon

Max Perutz Memorial Lecture
Darwin and Lincoln: Their Legacy of Human Dignity   Felton Earls
Appendix: Remembering Max Perutz   Carol Corillon
Delivered at the 9th biennial meeting of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, Rabat, Morocco, May 21, 2009 and published in Perspectives in Medicine and Biology, Winter 2010

H.R. Network Executive Committee Sends Letter to al-Gaddafi
 H.R. Network Executive Committee expresses shock and sorrow at Fathi el-Jahmi's preventable death.

CHR's Cases of Detainees at Guantanamo and Bagram Resolved

During the 2009 NAS Annual Meeting, Engineer and Architect Suleiman Nuh Ali Recalls his Eight Years in Solitary Confinement in Somalia
Suleiman Nuh Ali told NAS members about his experience as a prisoner of conscience in Somalia from 1982 to 1989 and the CHR's efforts to gain his release, including a mission of inquiry to Mogadishu.  Click on the above link to hear his story.

Novel by Syrian Scientist and Former Prisoner of Conscience Mustafa Khalifa

Longtime Libyan Prisoner of Conscience Fathi el-Jahmi Dies from Medical Neglect 
On May 21, 2009, early in the morning, Libyan civil engineer Fathi el-Jahmi died at the Arab Medical Center in Amman, Jordan.

H.R. Network's 9th Biennial Meeting--Rabat, Morocco
The 9th biennial meeting of the H.R. Network was held on May 21-23, 2009, and was hosted by the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco.  Members of academies and scholarly societies from 37 countries participated.

Listen to Somali Engineer and Former CHR Case Suleiman Ali's Briefing to NAS Members
During the 2009 Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., Suleiman Ali spoke to NAS members about his experience as a prisoner of conscience in Somalia from 1982 to 1989 and the CHR's work on his case.  Click on the link above to listen to his briefing.

Iraqi Women Scientists Twinning Program
Because the majority of Iraqi women scientists, engineers, and health professionals are now cut off from their institutions, colleagues, libraries, and laboratories, women members of the U.S. National Academies are building an international network to provide professional and moral support to these colleagues.

CHR Statement on Guantanamo Detainees
Urging prompt redress of the situation faced by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay naval facility in Cuba, the CHR reiterated its standing request to the U.S. government for information on selected detainees.

AAAS Launches "Scientists On-Call" Program
"On-call" Scientists connects scientists interested in volunteering their skills and knowledge with human rights organizations that are in need of scientific expertise.

Torsten Wiesel Gives Letter to President Bush
CHR Chair Emeritus (1994-2004), Torsten Wiesel, Upon Accepting the National Medal of Science, Urges President Bush to Recognize Geneva Conventions and Resolve Situation at Guantanamo Bay.
    - Science Journal Article, “Testing His Medal” (8/10/07)
   -  Letter to President Bush (7/28/07)
Science Journal Statement by H.R. Network, “In Support of Academic Freedom"
NAS Council Statement on Access to Institutions of Higher Learning for Palestinian Scientists and Students
Statement from the 2007 H.R. Network Meeting in Sri Lanka
Winter 2006 Article by CHR Chair Peter Agre: Perspectives in Medicine: Reaching out from the Ivory Tower
Nature Article Acknowledges the CHR 
Proceedings of the May 2005 Network Meeting, Royal Society, London
Public Letter from CHR Chair Torsten Wiesel to Vietnamese Authorities Regarding Medical Doctor Nguyen Dan Que
Call for the Immediate Release or Fair Trial of Vietnamese Medical Doctor Nguyen Dan Que
Freedom of Scientific Communication Under Siege
International Human Rights Day 2003: Torsten Wiesel’s Statement
Vietnam Human Rights Day Speech by CHR Chair Torsten Wiesel
Public Letter sent by Presidents of NAS, NAE, and IOM to Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak regarding Saad Eddin Ibrahim
In Support of Scientific Exchange
Responding to Terrorism while Respecting Human Rights
Public Letter sent by Presidents of NAS, NAE, and IOM to Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak regarding Saad Eddin Ibrahim
Open Letter to the U.S. Attorney General regarding the case of Dr. Wen Ho Lee
Statement by CHR Chair on Release of Professor Ahn Jae-ku
CHR Urges President Kim to Release Ahn Jae-ku
CHR Endorses NAS President Bruce Alberts’ Letter to President Slobodan Milosevic

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