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close this bookThe Impact of Technology on Human Rights: Global Case-studies (UNU, 1993, 322 pages)
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close this folder1. Technological impacts on human rights: Models of development, science and technology, and human rights
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View the documentThe origins of the western technological culture
View the documentEnlightenment, the open industrial society, and human rights
View the documentThe enlightenment model of industrial development
View the documentA critical analysis of the enlightenment model of industrial development (technological imperialism)
View the documentModels of development and the technological factor
View the documentDevelopment, choice, and human rights
View the documentThe ''deconstruction'' of deterministic models of development
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close this folder2. Democracy, human rights and the impact of scientifc and technological development in Venezuela
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View the documentTheoretical and political implications of the definition of human rights in relation to scientific and technological development
View the documentThe Latin American experience
View the documentModel of development, basic needs, and human rights in an oil economy: the case of Venezuela
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close this folder3. Technology and human rights: critical implications for Thailand
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View the documentHuman rights
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View the documentImplications
View the documentRural development
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close this folder4. Human rights and technological development: Eastern Europe and Poland
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View the documentThe special nature of the polish empirical approach to human rights
View the documentInteraction between human rights and technological development in Poland
View the documentInterrelationship between the basic character of human rights and development of traditional technologies
View the documentInterrelationship between human rights and advanced technologies
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close this folder5. The impact of modern science and technology on human rights in Ethiopia
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View the documentFirearms in rural and traditional ethiopia and human rights
View the documentTraditional work of women, science and technology, and human rights
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close this folder6. Western European case-study: The impact of advanced methods of medical treatment on human rights
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View the documentArtificial methods of procreation
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Note to the reader from the UNU

The UN Commission on Human Rights invited the United Nations University in 1986 to study both the positive and negative impacts of scientific and technological development on human rights and fundamental freedoms. The University responded to the invitation by launching a research project on the interrelationship between human rights and the advances in science and technology, focusing especially on the interaction between socio-cultural, economic, and political factors on the one hand and scientific and technological advances on the other. One aim of the project was to formulate policy recommendations that will strengthen the positive impacts of technological development, and an effort was made to survey the opinions and perceptions of international experts and human rights lawyers in developing countries in order that those recommendations would carry not only social scientific significance but have legal applicability as well.

This publication is a sequel to Human Rights and Scientific and Technological Development, edited by C.G. Weeramantry and published by the United Nations University Press in 1990. It includes a philosophical overview and case-studies relating to Western Europe, Eastern Europe (with special reference to Poland), Latin America (Venezuela), South-East Asia (Thailand), and Africa (Ethiopia).