The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRN) is governed by an executive committee composed of members from 12 academies around the world. The Committee on Human Rights of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. serves as the IHRN'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 IHRN. See here for more information about IHRN participants.
The Executive Committee makes occasional public statements on issues related to the mandate of the IHRN and it encourages members to support and publicize them.
IHRN Executive Committee statements.
Learn more about the ways in which national academies around the world are integrating human rights activities into their work.
Call for a Human Rights-Based Approach to COVID-19
The Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies has issued a public statement calling for a human rights-based approach to COVID-19. The full text of the statement can be found here.
“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)