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 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.
After we have established a successful foundation in Canada, we will branch out to other countries across the globe. We will be focusing our lobbying efforts on the political administrations of countries that have the highest probability of successfully enacting The Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill into legislation. After a large enough precedent has been set, other countries will follow suit with ease. We firmly believe that neuro-specific human rights will be a foundational principle of every constitution worldwide. We constantly strive to reach that result, and we will not stop until we achieve it.
The quoted sentence from George Orwell conveys the idea that the mind is a kind of last refuge of personal freedom and self-determination. While the body can easily be subject to domination and control by others, our mind, along with our thoughts, beliefs and convictions, are to a large extent beyond external constraint. Yet, with advances in neural engineering, brain imaging and pervasive neurotechnology, the mind is no longer such an unassailable fortress. Emerging neurotechnologies have the ability to allow access to components of mental information. While these advances can be greatly beneficial for individuals and society, they can also be misused and create unprecedented threats to the freedom of the mind and to the individuals’ capacity to freely govern their behavior.
We claim that, similarly to the historical trajectory of the ‘genetic revolution’, the ongoing ‘neuro-revolution’ will reshape some of our ethical and legal notions. In particular, we argue that the growing sensitivity and availability of neurodevices requires the emergence of new human rights to specifically address the challenges posed by neuroscience and neurotechnology. This argument is in accordance with the observation of how human rights have historically emerged and developed in modern societies. Human rights, in fact, have always arisen as specific responses to recurrent threats to fundamental human interests (Nickel 1987), to human dignity (Habermas 2010), or to what is required by a “minimally good life” (Fagan 2005). The individual quest to exert control over one’s own neuro-cognitive dimension as well as the emergence of potential threats to basic human goods or interests posed by the misuse or inadequate application of neurotechnological devices requires the creation of new neuro-specific human rights.
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!