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Resources on the nature and scope of the right to science
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.
February 13, 2018 FILM SCREENING 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.
December 18, 2017 FILM SCREENING 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.
December 7-8, 2017 symposium 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.
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.
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.
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 Currents. View the programs for the symposium and student session, as well as photos of meeting participants.
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.
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.