Science needs freedom. The Human Rights Committee of the Leopoldina (HRC) is a member of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network), which supports scientists who are subject to repression.
The HRC was founded in 2001 and includes members of the Leopoldina from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Its current chairperson is Professor Hans-Peter Zenner. The HRC joined the H.R. Network in 2003. The Secretariat of the network is based at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington D.C.
As a member of the H.R. Network, the HRC supports scientists and their lawyers all over the world who are subject to repression and human rights violations, mostly by addressing letters to high-ranking state officials and, to a lesser degree, by prison visits.
The HRC regularly organises the symposium “Human Rights and Science”, where human rights considerations and bioethical issues in science are discussed, as well as cases of scientists who have suffered human rights violations.
ML: Member of the Leopoldina
Engaging with Human Rights in the National Academy Context A Resource Guide by the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (2018)
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