Science in the Service of Human Rights

Scientific knowledge, tools, and methods can be utilized by human rights organizations in a wide variety of ways to enhance human rights monitoring, reporting, research, documentation, technical training, and litigation. Specific scientific knowledge may be useful in reviewing technical reports, answering questions about evidence or methodology, or assisting in the design of a survey. Scientists, engineers, and health professionals can also be valuable in analyzing research findings or developing or adapting new technologies to meet the specific needs of a human rights organization.

The Only Intelligible Basis for Morality and Values

Once we see that a concern for well-being (defined as deeply and inclusively as possible) is the only intelligible basis for morality and values, we will see that there must be a science of morality…science can help us find a path leading away from the lowest depths of misery and toward the heights of happiness for the greatest number of people. Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Free Press, 2010, p. 28.

Syllabi on Science and Human Rights

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Syllabi on Science and Human Rights