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. Learn more 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.
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.
“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)