Global Neuroethics

The Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill

Rapid advancements in human neuroscience and neurotechnology open unprecedented possibilities for accessing, collecting, sharing and manipulating information from the human brain. Such applications raise important challenges to human rights principles that need to be addressed to prevent misuse or unintended negative consequences. This proposal assesses the implications of emerging neurotechnology applications in the context of the human rights framework and suggests that existing human rights are not sufficient to respond to these emerging issues. After analysing the relationship between neuroscience and human rights, we identify four new neuro-specific human rights that will be vital in the effort of protecting the human brain: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity, and the right to psychological continuity.

Our Goals

Our main goal is to enact The Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill into the legislation of every country across the globe. This will effectively eliminate the vast majority of current neurological human rights abuses, and prevent future abuses from reoccurring. We will not rest until we achieve this goal, and the cerebra of every man, woman, and child are protected. 

Starting in Canada, we have been lobbying directly to the Members of Parliament in the form of live meetings where we provide informative presentations. These presentations elaborate on how vital neuro-specific human rights are, and the potential unintended consequences that could arise if we do not enact them into legislation. We have attained the support of numerous MPs so far, and they have agreed to sponsor an official petition to the House of Commons regarding this bill proposal. The petition has been developed, and is currently under review for approval. We would also like to hire a team of decorated neuroscientists, legal experts, technology developers, human rights advocates, and neuroethicists. This team would focus on perfecting the bill proposal, and eliminating any potential loopholes that may surreptitiously allow the neurorights to be violated. We will continue lobbying to the rest of the MPs that we have not acquired the support of, until the bill is enacted into legislation. 

Timeline

Currently – We have developed an official e-petition to the House of Commons that will be sponsored by MP Michelle Rempell Garner, Shadow Minister for Industry and Economic Development. The petition calls for the government to enshrine neuro-specific human rights into Canadian legislation. Once the review process is completed, the petition will have 120 days to accumulate as many signatures as possible. If 500 signatures are collected, the petition will receive final certification and it will be presented to the House of Commons! The government is required to respond to the petition within 45 calendar days following the HOC presentation.

Videos

We have compiled a small list of the most effective, informative, and riveting videos for your viewing pleasure. These videos focus on a vast array of different topics, but most importantly they all demonstrate how vital neuro-specific human rights are in protecting our current society. 

Petitions

Lawmakers on every level pay attention to petitions because they help amplify the voices of citizens as well as the public support for specific issues. The effectiveness of a petition largely depends on how many signatures are collected. Online petitions can greatly increase the level of effectiveness by amassing signatures quickly and easily. All it takes is a number of tweets and Facebook posts for lawmakers to realize there are real people in their communities who care about these issues. Technology has done an amazing job of making these policy-makers accessible to the average person. 

Support

If you appreciate our work, and would like to assist us in reaching our goals, please consider donating. A substantial amount of resources is required to effectively lobby directly to the government. We accept paypal, checks, money orders, e-transfers, gift certificates, precious metals, and cash. Please make checks payable to “The Human Rights Global Coalition”. Every dollar goes a long way, and we greatly appreciate any amount of support!

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