The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network) is governed by an executive committee composed of academy members from 12 countries. The Committee on Human Rights of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. serves as the H.R. Network's secretariat.
National academies and scholarly societies that have human rights committees or an interest in human rights issues are invited to participate in the H.R. Network. See here for more information about H.R. Network participants.
The Executive Committee makes occasional public statements on issues related to the mandate of the H.R. Network and it encourages members to support and publicize them. H.R. Network Executive Committee statements.
View the H.R. Network's Resource Guide on Engaging with Human Rights in the National Academy Context, which highlights the creative, and varying, ways in which national academies integrate human rights activities into their work.
“Many members ... affiliated with the International Human Rights Network, got to know about my case, became concerned, and actively intervened in order to obtain—in a civilized way—improvements in my confinement. For all of those humanitarian actions, I send, from the depths of my heart, my warmest thanks to all of the people who … did everything possible (and impossible) so that my release could become a reality.” (Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, March 29, 2011)
“No words are enough to express my recognition to the efforts of the members of your Institutions and those of the International Network on my behalf…I am convinced that I owe my release in a great extent to all of you.” (Oscar Espinosa Chepe, March 22, 2005)