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AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting
January 27-28, 2014

Disability Rights and Accessing the Benefits of Scientific Progress and Its Applications

The first day of this meeting will provide participants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the ways in which the human rights of persons with disabilities intersect with science and engineering. Sessions will address how access to science and technology can affect the rights of people with disabilities, both positively and negatively, and will explore challenges to fulfilling the right to participate in science and engineering as students, practitioners and as the subjects of research. 

Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights guarantees everyone the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications. Since the launch of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition in January 2009, its core activities have focused on engaging scientists and engineers in an international process to define this right and create opportunities to integrate the right into the activities of scientists, engineers and their professional organizations.

About the Coalition

As a program of AAAS, the program on Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law serves and enjoys access to 262 affiliated scientific societies and academies. In 2005, the former Science and Human Rights Program brought together scientific and professional associations with human rights sections and working groups to lay the groundwork for a coalition devoted to science and human rights. The Science and Human Rights Coalition was launched 2008. The Coalition is envisioned to:
  • Support efforts to establish human rights programs within more scientific and engineering societies;
  • Create a forum where new and cross-disciplinary applications of science and technology to human rights challenges can be incubated and explored;
  • Build a knowledge base within the human rights community about what science and scientists can contribute to the realization of human rights;
  • Establish a human rights agenda across scientific and engineering societies that incorporates this influential sector’s voice in human rights advocacy on behalf of colleagues at risk and human rights more generally.


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