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UN Resolution on the Use of S&T for Human Rights and Freedoms

On 10 March 1986 the UN Commission on Human Rights adopted Resolution 1986/9, entitled ‘Use of Scientific and Technological Developments for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms’, inviting “the United Nations University, in co-operation with other interested academic and research institutions, to study both the positive and the negative impacts of scientific and technological developments on human rights and fundamental freedoms.” (UN Resolution, cited in Weeramantry, 1990: Appendix 1)

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UN Declaration on the Use of S&T for Peace

A growing awareness of the potential and existence of problems of technology impacting human rights led the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim in 1975 a Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace for the Benefit of Mankind. This Declaration acknowledges the important role that science and technology can take in social and economic progress, including via technology transfer, while also noting with concern, for example, “that scientific and technological achievements can be used to intensify the arms race, suppress national liberation movements and deprive individuals and peoples of their human rights and fundamental freedoms”. (UN, 1975)

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