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The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies assists scientists, scholars, engineers, and health professionals around the world who are subjected to severe repression solely for having nonviolently exercised their rights as promulgated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  It stands in solidarity with sister national academies and scholarly societies worldwide to support their independence and autonomy, and it promotes institutional human rights consciousness-raising and commitment to supporting such efforts.

Members

National academies and scholarly societies that have human rights committees and actively support the work of the H.R. Network are considered to be members.  They intervene on cases and issues brought to their attention by the H.R. Network's secretariat.  Because academies and scholarly societies are held in high esteem, their efforts, through a worldwide network, are a powerful and effective tool in advancing respect for human rights.  More information about H.R. Network members.


Executive Committee and Secretariat

The H.R. Network is administered by an executive committee.  Carol Corillon is its Executive Director.  The staff of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., serve as its secretariat.  Executive Committee membership and member bios.

 

Meetings

The H.R. Network was created in 1993 and has met biennially since its founding.  Each meeting is hosted by a different national academy or scholarly society.  More information about meetings.


Statements

The Executive Committee occasionally makes public statements on issues related to the mandate of the H.R. Network.  H.R. Network Executive Committee statements.