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Past Projects: Human Rights

Human Rights

[2004] Traditional Ecological Knowledge Prior Art Database (TEK*PAD)
TEK*PAD is an index and search engine of existing Internet-based, public domain documentation concerning indigenous knowledge and plant species uses. TEK*PAD brings together and archives in a single location, various types of public domain data necessary to establish prior art. Data includes taxonomic and other species data, ethnobotanical uses, scientific and medical articles and abstracts, as well as patent applications themselves.

[2000-2003] Environment and Human Rights Project
The project was built on the premise that, despite some differences, the human rights and environmental movements share many of the same goals and concerns. Understanding of their common ground and of the knowledge, methods and resources that each group brings to its work would improve the ability of both to realize their shared goal of a world that sustainably shelters and nurtures human and non-human life. In December 2000, the AAAS received a grant from the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund to explore and develop the intrinsic connections between environmental protection and the realization of many of the economic, social and cultural rights enumerated in major international human rights instruments.

[1998-2002] Cuba: The Right to Travel
Since 1998, AAAS has been involved in researching and advocating for scientists’ right to travel between Cuba and the United States. In 2000, AAAS, in cooperation with the Latin American and Caribbean Program, established an online resource, The Clearinghouse of Information on Scientific and Academic Travel between Cuba and the US. The goal of this website was to provide the scientific community with clear and useful information on scientific and academic travel between Cuba and the US.

[1996-1999] Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Violations Project
In 1996, AAAS and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International (HURIDOCS) began an innovative project to develop a “violations approach” to monitoring economic, social and cultural rights, based on the rights enumerated in the ICESCR. The purpose of the project was to make implementation more effective by monitoring serious violations of these rights, rather than focusing on their progressive implementation. There are two publications related to this project: the Thesaurus of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Terminology and Potential Violations and Promoting and Defending Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.