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Nelson Mandela Day

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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948, this year the CHR will be sharing stories of scientists, engineers, and health professionals who have used their expertise to promote and protect human rights. On various internationally-recognized days over the course of the year, we will focus on different rights enshrined in the UDHR.


Human Rights Day   World Day of Social Justice   International Day for the Right to Truth 

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Chris Beyrer's work to organize a team of health professionals on a mission to Venezuela's borders.


Vanessa Northington Gamble's work as former Chair of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee.

  Mercedes Doretti's work to analyze physical evidence of human rights abuses.

World Malaria Day

  International Day of Families    World Refugee Day
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Peter Agre's work to develop and equitably distribute innovative malaria treatments   Mary-Claire King's groundbreaking development of mitochondrial DNA sequencing to reunite families.    Colleagues' innovative use of science to address challenges faced by displaced populations.
Nelson Mandela Day   World Humanitarian Day   International Day of Peace
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Physicians for Human Rights' work to investigate and document the denial of health care in detention settings. 

  Engineers Without Borders' efforts to create and sustain job opportunities in refugee communities.  James Fearon's research, which has implications for the promotion of human rights in conflict settings

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  World Science Day for Peace and Development        
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Lesley Regan's work to ensure equal access to health care for women and girls worldwide.    Human Rights Data Analysis Group's (HRDAG) use of statistical analysis to seek accountability in Sri Lanka.