The members of the Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies have made a public statement concerning an Executive Order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump on January 27, which temporarily bans nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and refugees, from entering the United States and creates an indefinite ban on entry of refugees from Syria.

Members of the H.R. Network’s Executive Committee have called for the United States government to revise its policy on border entry to take into account the enormous value of international scientific research and exchange, which is essential for identifying and addressing challenges facing the global community. More generally, the Executive Committee calls upon the United States government to revise this policy to ensure its conformity with international human rights laws, including laws that recognize the special rights of refugees.

The Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies is the Finnish member of the H. R. Network.

The full Network statement February 3, 2017