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Gresham College Lecture Monday, December 9, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. On the occasion of: The 80 th Anniversary of CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics) Scientists Should Act to Protect and Promote Human Rights—for Both Scientific and Humanitarian Reasons Carol Corillon.

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Gresham College LectureMonday, December 9, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.

On the occasion of:

The 80th Anniversary of CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics)

Scientists Should Act to Protect and Promote Human Rights—for Both Scientific and Humanitarian Reasons

Carol Corillon


As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall only live in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.


Eleanor Roosevelt holding text of

Universal Declaration of Human Rights


John C. Polanyi

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1986

Portrait by Brenda Bury


Lipman Bers, mathematicianColumbia University


LipmanBersat NAS with Andrei Sakharov after Sakharov’s release from Gorky


From left: Gerard Debreu, President - Supreme Court of Chile, Baruch Blumberg, Eric Stover, Carol Corillon, Maximo Pacheco


Lawrence Klein, EconomistUniversity of Pennsylvania


1987 CHR Mission to Somalia

Mission report


1987 CHR Mission to Somalia

Release of Somali prisoners, 1989


1987 CHR Mission to Somalia

Communication code used by Somali prisoners


CHR Missions to Guatemala1991, 1992, 2002

Guatemalan anthropologist Myrna Mack Chang

Stabbed to death in front of her office in 1990, a day after she published a report with Georgetown University on the plight of the indigenous peoples at the hands of the military forces.


CHR Missions to Guatemala1991, 1992, 2002


Unjustly accused Indian Medical Doctor Binayak Sen


Mission delegates Robert Curl and Arjuna Aluwihare with Mrs. Sen, lawyer, and colleagues


Dr. Sen’ rural clinic in Chhattisgarh


Founding Members: Pieter Van Dijk (Netherlands), François Jacob (France), Eduardo Vesentini (Italy), Torsten Wiesel (USA), Max Perutz (U.K.)


  • Executive Committee:

  • ArjunaAluwihare, Sri Lanka

  • DorairajanBalasubramanian, India

  • Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, France

  • Abdallah S. Daar, Oman/Canada

  • Felton Earls, United States of America

  • BelitaKoiller, Brazil

  • Pedro León Azofeifa, Costa Rica

  • Dong-Pil Min, Republic of Korea

  • Ida Nicolaisen, Denmark

  • John Polanyi, Canada

  • AlenkaŠelih, Slovenia


Human rights is an eternal struggle in which a final victory can never be won.

-Albert Einstein

Thank you.


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