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congress briefing

March 22, 2019 
congressional briefing

Protecting and Promoting the Human Rights of Scientists, Scholars and Students Around the World
Several scientific societies and human rights organizations co-sponsored a congressional briefing to raise awareness of attacks on higher education systems, scientists, scholars, and students, effectively stifling the space to think, question, and share ideas freely. CHR Director Rebecca Everly spoke at the briefing about the efforts of the Committee on Human Rights to advocate in support of threatened scientists and scholars and to promote academic freedom worldwide. Read more.

Patty Halifax panel

February 13, 2018

CHR Represented at "Science in Exile" Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Saint Mary’s University in Halifax hosted a film screening of The World Academy of Sciences’ (TWAS) new documentary, “Science in Exile”, which highlights the struggles faced by displaced scientists attempting to relocate and continue their work. Patricia Evers, Senior Program Officer for the CHR, joined the panel discussion that followed the screening. Read more.


The New Barbarism

December 18, 2017

NAM Hosts Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion on the Targeting of Health Professionals in Conflict Areas
The National Academy of Medicine hosted a screening of an original documentary from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, titled The New Barbarianism. The screening was followed by a panel discussion and included Patricia Evers, Senior Program Officer at the CHR. Read more.

Full refugee camp signs

December 7-8, 2017

Protecting the Rights of Individuals Fleeing Conflict
On December 7-8, 2017, the CHR convened a symposium on the role that scientists, engineers, and health professionals can play in addressing rights-related challenges confronting forcibly displaced persons. Major themes of the symposium – including the role of research, opportunities and risks presented by technological advances, and aid for scholars seeking to continue their careers in exile – are outlined in the Proceedings of a Symposium—in Brief.  You can also watch a highlight video or view the webcast recording of the symposium. 

John Scott-Railton

May 1, 2017
Speaker spotlight

New Tactics of Abuse: Digital Surveillance and Human Rights
During the National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, the CHR held a breakfast briefing to highlight issues surrounding digital security and human rights.  The meeting featured John Scott-Railton of The Citizen Lab, who spoke about the use of digital surveillance and technologies to target members of civil society worldwide. Read more and watch the video interview with Mr. Scott-Railton.

Jose Torero

May 2017
speaker spotlight

Collaborating on Human Rights Investigations: Fire Research and Forensic Science
At the spring 2017 meeting of the CHR, Professor José Torero—the John L. Bryan Chair in Fire Protection Engineering and Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience at the University of Maryland—spoke to members about his efforts to help protect human rights through the investigation of several high-profile fires. Read more.

 H.R. Network Panama symposium

October 2016
H.R. Network meeting

The International H.R. Network Holds its Twelfth Biennial Meeting in Panama City, Panama
The twelfth biennial meeting of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network), for which CHR serves as Secretariat, was held from October 5-8, 2016 in Panama City, Panama. Representatives of 25 national scientific academies and scholarly societies from around the world were in attendance. The meeting included a symposium, Science and Human Rights: Navigating the CurrentsView the programs for the symposium and student session, as well as photos of meeting participants. 

Lisa Anderson

September 2016
speaker spotlight

Exploring the Tensions between National Security and Academic Freedom
During the Fall 2016 annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Lisa Anderson, political scientist and former president of the American University in Cairo, spoke at a session convened by the CHR on academic freedom, human rights, and national security. Dr. Anderson's talk, published in Science Diplomacy, addressed global challenges to academic freedom and offered ways in which scientists can respond to such challenges. 

Refugee photo

May 2016
speaker spotlight
Supporting Syrian Higher Education in Crisis: Spotlight on IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund 
At the spring 2016 meeting of the CHR, James King – Assistant Director of the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), 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 scholars worldwide and view video clips of James King’s presentation to the CHR.

Dr. Mukwege in surgery

October 2015
Speaker Spotlight

Health Professionals and Human Rights  
During the National Academy of Medicine's (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. Watch video interviews with Dr. Mukwege and Mr. Rubenstein following the meeting.