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Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022 (2023)

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Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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About the

Committee on Human Rights

Created in 1976, the Committee on Human Rights (CHR) is a standing membership committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The three National Academies are independent institutions created to provide evidence-based advice on pressing challenges related to science, technology, engineering, and health.

Our Mission

The CHR promotes engagement with internationally recognized human rights norms to help shape effective, sustainable, and just responses to societal challenges. It advocates, and marshals support, for members of the research, technological, and healthcare communities who come under threat as a result of repression and discrimination.

Our Vision

The CHR strives to be a leading source of information and guidance on the connections between human rights and science, engineering, and medicine, with the aim of furthering global justice.

What We Do

Advocate Convene Facilitate
We appeal for justice in support of colleagues subjected to human rights abuses through outreach to U.S. and international stakeholders, mobilization of national academy members, and use of human rights complaint mechanisms. Through a range of events, we explore innovative responses to pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and science, medicine, and engineering. We build communities of scientists, engineers, and health professionals, encouraging them to integrate human rights into their work and take collective action against rights abuses.
Advise Inform Connect
We provide guidance to the U.S. National Academies, and its membership, on the human rights dimensions of science, engineering, and health-related challenges. We develop resource collections, campaigns, and other creative initiatives that clarify the connections between human rights and science, engineering, and medicine. We highlight strategies that empower scientific and health professionals to engage with human rights and pursue justice. We connect professional colleagues under threat with individuals and institutions that provide needed services, such as pro bono legal advice and assistance with fellowships and academic placemements.
Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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Our Team

Supported by a staff of human rights professionals, the CHR is composed of members of the three Academies who are appointed by the Academies' Presidents.

Committee Members

Martin Chalfie, Chair

Columbia University

Chris Beyrer

Duke University

John Carlson

Yale University

Giselle Corbie

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Carlos del Rio

NAM International Secretary

Vanessa Northington Gamble

The George Washington University

Wesley Harris

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michele Heisler*

University of Michigan

John Hildebrand

NAS International Secretary

Andrea Liu

University of Pennsylvania

Douglas Massey

Princeton University

Jonathan Moreno*

University of Pennsylvania

Deb Niemeier

University of Maryland

James M. Tien

NAE International Secretary

*Heisler and Moreno joined the Committee in early 2023.

Staff

Rebecca Everly, Director Ana Deros, Research Associate
Patricia Evers, Deputy Director Pamela Gamble, Senior Program Assistant
Tracy Sahay, Program Officer  
Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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About the

International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies

The CHR serves as the Secretariat of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRN), an international consortium of honorary societies in the sciences, engineering, and medicine with a shared interest in human rights. The IHRN was founded in 1993 to alert national academies to human rights abuses involving fellow scientists and scholars and to equip academies with the tools to provide support in such cases. Today the IHRN advocates in support of professional colleagues suffering human rights abuses; promotes the free exchange of ideas and opinions among scientists and scholars; and supports the independence and autonomy of national academies and scholarly societies worldwide. The IHRN also raises global awareness about the connections between human rights and science, engineering, and medicine.

The IHRN provides a platform for sharing information on cases and issues of concern to all interested academies. More than 90 academies have participated in the IHRN, such as by sending a representative to one or more of the IHRN’s biennial meetings. To date, 13 such meetings have been hosted by IHRN-affiliated academies around the world. These events provide an opportunity for academy members to explore topical science and human rights themes, for instance on sustainable development, and to share information and strategies on cases/issues of human rights concern. The next biennial meeting will be hosted in partnership with the Academy of Science of South Africa from June 6-8, 2023 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

-ARTICLE 27, UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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Suggested Citation:"About the Committee on Human Rights." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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With the support of the National Academies leadership and the more than 1,500 Academy members who actively support our work, the Committee on Human Rights (CHR) continues to assist colleagues under threat around the world and integrate human rights into the work of the National Academies. This publication highlights the assistance provided by CHR to at-risk colleagues and advocacy work and events hosted by CHR during 2022 to draw attention to colleagues suffering human rights abuses as a consequence of their professional activities and their exercise of internationally protected rights.

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