Human Rights Activists

Transhumanism is, in part, a civil liberties movement with roots in the most fundamental demand of liberal democracy: sane, adult citizens have a right to control their own bodies and minds. Through the Self-Determination and Human Rights Program we seek to engage the human rights community, legal scholars, reproductive rights activists, the transgendered community and advocates of public health approaches to illict drugs in a campaign to deepen and radicalize the concept of human rights. In particular we believe that the right to technological self-determination should be protected by laws and treaties. We are working with the Transhumanist Law Network to devise the legal frameworks for this campaign. 


The Transhumanist Case for Technological Self-Determination

  • WTA Self-Determination and Human Rights Program
  • Transhumanist Law Network For lawyers, law students and legal scholars who are members of the World Transhumanist Association
  • “In Defense of Posthuman Dignity” Nick Bostrom, Bioethics 2003.
  • The Next Great Threat to Oppression and Inequality: the logical next step for civil liberties,” by George Dvorsky - 10/10/2002- Betterhumans
  • “Saving Human Rights from the Human-racists” James Hughes, Betterhumans, June 21, 2003
  • “Cyborg Liberation Front: Inside the Movement for Posthuman Rights,”
    by Erik Baard, Village Voice, July 30 - August 5, 2003.

  • Human Rights Movement

  • Amnesty International The pre-eminent worldwide lobby for human rights
  • Witness Using video and other technologies in the fight for human rights
  • The Human Rights Connector

  • Technological Self-Determination Resources

  • Review of International Laws Restricting Cloning and Germline Genetic Engineering Center for Genetics and Society

  • “Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights”
    Adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 1997
  • Videos from the Issues For the Millennium: Cloning and Genetic Technologies” Conference” Mostly bioLuddite, but includes comments from Lee Silver
  • “How to complain to the UN Human Rights Treaty System” provides an easy-to-use guide for making a complaint to the UN human rights treaty bodies on civil and political rights, discrimination against women, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and racial discrimination.

    BioConservative Opposition to a Right to Technological Self-Determination

  • Center for Genetics and Society A central NGO in the campaign for international laws restricting genetic self-determination.
  • Center for Genetics and Society’s Arguments for human rights advocates
  • US President’s Council on Bioethics under the Chairmanship of Leon Kass has published a
    number of documents arguing for restrictions on human enhancement technologies, especially “Beyond Therapy”.
  • “Protecting the Endangered Human: Toward an International Treaty Banning Cloning and Inheritable Alterations (PDF) American Journal of Law and Medicine, 2002.  Argues that cloning and germline modifications should be defined as “crimes against humanity.”
  • “The Man in the Moon, Immortality, and Other Millenial Myths: The Prospects and Perils of Human Genetic Engineering George Annas, Emory Law Journal, 2000. In this essay George Annas, co-founder of the nonprofit Global Lawyers and Physicians, argues for international treaties banning or restricting “human replication cloning and genetic engineering… human/machine cyborgs, xenografts, artificial organs, embryo research, and brain alterations”.
  • “Transhumanism: The Most Dangerous Idea in the World,” by Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Policy, Sept-Oct 2004.

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