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The impact of technology on human rights: global case-studies

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Studies on the affirmative use of science and technology for the furtherance of human rights, commissioned as a special project by the United Nations University, following a reference to the University by the United Nations Human Rights Commission

Edited by C.G. Weeramantry

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1. Technological impacts on human rights: Models of development, science and technology, and human rights

The definition of the concept of technology
The origins of the western technological culture
Enlightenment, the open industrial society, and human rights
The enlightenment model of industrial development
A critical analysis of the enlightenment model of industrial development (technological imperialism)
Models of development and the technological factor
Development, choice, and human rights
The "deconstruction" of deterministic models of development

2. Democracy, human rights and the impact of scientifc and technological development in Venezuela

Theoretical and political implications of the definition of human rights in relation to scientific and technological development
The Latin American experience
Model of development, basic needs, and human rights in an oil economy: the case of Venezuela
Science, technology, and the Venezuelan political system

3. Technology and human rights: critical implications for Thailand

Introduction 1
Human rights
Rural development
Environmental concerns
The socialization process
Appendix 1

4. Human rights and technological development: Eastern Europe and Poland

Preface: objective and methodology of the project
General evaluation of Eastern Europe as a political region
The special nature of the polish empirical approach to human rights
Interaction between human rights and technological development in Poland
Interrelationship between the basic character of human rights and development of traditional technologies
Interrelationship between human rights and advanced technologies

5. The impact of modern science and technology on human rights in Ethiopia

Background information
Firearms in rural and traditional ethiopia and human rights
Traditional work of women, science and technology, and human rights

6. Western European case-study: The impact of advanced methods of medical treatment on human rights

Artificial methods of procreation
Medical genetics
Compulsory and mandatory medical examinations

7. Conclusions




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