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The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network), created in 1993, works to address grave issues of science and human rights, particularly 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 seeks to promote the free exchange of ideas and opinions among scientists and scholars in all countries and, thereby, to stimulate the development of collaborative educational, research, and human rights endeavors within academies and the institutions with which they are affiliated. The H.R. Network stands in solidarity with sister national academies and scholarly societies worldwide to support their independence and autonomy and promotes institutional human rights consciousness-raising and commitment to supporting such efforts. Currently, science academies and scholarly societies in approximately 80 countries are affiliated with the H.R. Network; each is represented by an internationally prominent member who is also a human rights advocate.


National academies and scholarly societies that have human rights committees and actively support the calls for action by the H.R. Network are considered to be members.  Members 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. Rebecca Everly is its Executive Director. The Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. hosts the secretariat.  Executive Committee membership and member bios.



The H.R. Network was created in May 1993 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and has met approximately every two years since then. Each meeting is hosted by a different member academy of the H.R. Network and more than 80 national academies and scholarly societies have sent representatives to at least one meeting.

The twelfth biennial meeting of the H.R. Network was held under the auspices of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation of Panama (SENACYT) and the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC) from October 5-8, 2016 in Panama City, Panama.


The Executive Committee makes occasional public statements on issues related to the mandate of the H.R. Network and it encourages members to support and publicize them.  H.R. Network Executive Committee statements.