Advocating for and defending scientific freedom and the responsible practice of science

The work of CFRS expanded considerably in 2020, both in terms of the projects being undertaken, and of the case work involved.

The Committee responded to freedom and responsibility cases in Hungary, Iran, Turkey, Russia, China, USA, Greece, Brazil, Venezuela and Nicaragua in 2020. CFRS’s mandated engagement in this area is prompted by alerts from ISC Members and the broader scientific community, and is underpinned by international human rights instruments relevant to science and scientists.

Through the year, the Committee made a number of statements about specific cases, as well as about timely general issues such as the ethical responsibilities of scientists during times of global threat.


Next up: New initiatives to strengthen scientific freedom and responsibility in the contemporary world 

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