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International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies

The most recent action taken by the H.R. Network’s Executive Committee was a public statement made in January 2016 to the Turkish government that condemned the unjust treatment of hundreds of academics who signed a letter that addressed the crisis in southeastern Turkey. The statement subsequently was endorsed by 31 Nobel laureates.

The 12th biennial meeting of the H.R. Network will convene in Panama City, Panama from October 5-8, 2016 at the Panama National Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation and will be cohosted by the Panama Association for the Advancement of Sciences.


H.R. Network Meeting 2014 

About the H.R. Network


The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network)—created in 1993 and for which the CHR serves as secretariat—helps resolve cases of unjustly imprisoned colleagues throughout the world and promotes human rights consciousness-raising and institutional commitment to human rights work among approximately 80 affiliated national academies and scholarly societies worldwide. 

When the H.R. Network was initially established there were many unjustly imprisoned colleagues around the world, but only four academies that had human rights committees.  Now, more than 40 academies have either created such committees or their presidents act directly in the names of their academies on H.R. Network cases.  It also addresses science issues that have a human rights component through, e.g., press releases, op-eds, articles, and by giving interviews to selected journalists.  Additionally, it defends academies and universities whose independence is threatened or that face other similar difficulties. The H.R. Network continues to encourage greater engagement by those academies that are less active, although some, for political reasons, face serious constraints. 


The H.R. Network’s most recent biennial meeting was held in May 2014 in Halle, Germany and was hosted by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.  Participants from some 30 National Academies, including 10 Academy presidents, attended.