|Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill: The Global Neuroethics Conference 2019 |
The Global Neuroethics Conference is an event that will educate the general populace on the current exponential growth within the fields of neuroscience and neurotechnology; while simultaneously elaborating on the need for new neuro-specific human rights. Lectures will be provided by a number of very distinguished speakers who have dedicated their lives to the fields of neuroscience, neuroethics, and human rights. There will also be a segment during the conference which will allow the victims of human rights violations in the neurological field to give brief testimonials to the audience. A panel of legal experts, neuroscientists, technology developers, neuroethicists, and human rights advocates has been formed, and will continue accepting membership applications. This panel has created a rough draft of the Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill, which will be distributed to all conference attendees. Discussion regarding the current state of the bill is highly encouraged as it will be presented to legislative assembly later in the year. All suggestions regarding any potential revisions to the bill will be acknowledged, reviewed, and deliberated by the panel. This conference will be covered by multiple media outlets, and representatives from all 4 major political parties will be invited.
We have assessed the implications of emerging neurotechnology applications in the context of the human rights framework, and we suggest that existing human rights are not sufficient enough to properly protect the general populace. After analysing the relationship between neuroscience and human rights, we identify four new neuro-specific human rights: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity, and the right to psychological continuity.
This proposal of neuro-specific human rights in response to emerging advancements in neurotechnology is consistent with and a logical continuation of the proposal of developing genetic-specific human rights in response to advancements in genetics and genomics as set out by the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, and the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data.
The freedom of thought, freedom from slavery, torture and inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment are regarded by international human rights law as not subject to any exceptions and, therefore, as absolute rights. Absolute rights cannot be limited for any reason. No circumstance justifies a qualification or limitation of absolute rights. Absolute rights cannot be suspended or restricted, even during a declared state of emergency. The right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity, and the right to psychological continuity should also be enacted into law as absolute rights.
We firmly believe that enacting the Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill into Canadian legislation will set a remarkable precedence which will allow many other countries around the globe to follow suit with ease, and adapt the same bill into their own legislation. If you would like to be a part of this effort there are a number of different ways you can help. Sharing our websites on all social media platforms as much as possible is the easiest and most effective way to spread public awareness regarding our objectives. Donating to our gofundme campaign will also greatly help us reach all of the goals we strive for. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding our efforts please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through our website at globalneuroethics.com. We will not rest until there is legislation enacted in every single country around the globe that protects the brains of every man, woman, and child. Please help us in our efforts, thank you.
All credit for the Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill belongs to Dr. Marcello Ienca and Dr. Roberto Andorno. Excerpts from their paper have been used in an effort to enact new neuro-specific human rights.
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