Science for Democracy promotes and coordinates activities to denounce Countries’ lack of respect for their international obligations vis-à-vis human rights within the system of the United Nations and to trigger European responses.
Shadow Reports – Committees on Human Rights
When States ratify a human rights treaty they also accept the obligation to periodically present a report detailing what measures they have taken to give effect to that treaty. Science for Democracy’s shadow reports are intended to supplement, or “shadow”, official State Reports to the United Nations. Our Shadow Reports can be found here.
Recommendations for Countries – Universal Periodic Review
Science for Democracy’s recommendations concerning the protection and promotion of Human Rights presented on the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review mainly focus on the various implications of the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress.
European Court of Justice
Science for Democracy is considering ways to activate the jurisdiction of the EU Court to address some of the possible problems posed to freedom of scientific research by arbitrary restrictions imposed by EU directives.
European Court on Human Rights
While the European Convention on Human Rights does not specifically mentions the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress, Science for Democracy will explore all possible avenues to include arguments linked to that theme, derived from the UN General Comment on Science, to denounce how a lack of attention to science may result in human rights violations.