This article discusses benefits and challenges in engaging engineers in connecting engineering and human rights. Engineers have a vital role to play in giving visibility to human rights, particularly in matters relevant to their field or discipline. Academic instruction in ethics is increasingly viewed as integral to a rigorous educational program in science or engineering. The Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is one network of professional societies that recognize a role for scientists and engineers in human rights. An important way in which engineers can protect and promote human rights is by ensuring that the products they develop benefit people in need. Engineers have human rights that need to be respected in order for the engineering enterprise to flourish and the benefits of engineering to be broadly enjoyed. Engineers have opportunities to contribute to human rights compliance when designing and implementing projects, and to contribute to the realization of the right to benefit from scientific progress and its applications.
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Freedom and Engineering for All
In the Developed and Developing Worlds, Technology is Becoming a Basic Human Right.
Jessica M. Wyndham
Associate director of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Mechanical Engineering. Sep 2012, 134(09): 32-37 (6 pages)
Published Online: September 1, 2012
Wyndham, J. M. (September 1, 2012). "Freedom and Engineering for All." ASME. Mechanical Engineering. September 2012; 134(09): 32–37. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2012-SEP-1
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