The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights will hold its 6th international workshop to discuss the issues of Informed Consent and Clinical Research. Being part of the i-Consent consortium, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the ethical reflection of the workshop will focus on the multicultural and interdisciplinary dimension of ethical requirements of informed consent applied to translational/clinical research and vaccination.
International Experts on the field will discuss:
1. How much of the notion of informed consent is applied in different
cultural and religious traditions? And in which way?
2. Can or should we have different informed consent forms for
differently vulnerable populations?
3. Do all traditions agree with the general principles behind informed
consent (i.e. the prioritization of individual autonomy)? If not, what
alternative values/approach could support widespread
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By Michael Baggot –
UNESCO Chair Fellow Joseph Tham presented the book Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights at the Baptist University of Hong Kong on January 3. The work is based upon texts presented and discussed at the same university in December 2013. The various contributions all analyzed Article 12 of UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights on respect for cultural diversity and pluralism, which states: “The importance of cultural diversity and pluralism should be given due regard. However, such considerations are not to be invoked to infringe upon human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms, nor upon the principles set out in this Declaration, nor to limit their scope.”
Tham offered a general overview of the process of discussion that gave rise to the book. He noted the unique dynamic of the Bioethics, Multiculturalism, and Religion workshops by which participants both present their research and receive substantial feedback from colleagues so that their final printed essay might benefit from the insights of others. He also discussed the different problems faced in the areas of human rights and cultural diversity discussed by various papers in the book. In particular, there tends to be a fundamental divide between those who take a thin or practical approach to the universality of the human rights and those who take a more thick or substantive approach. The former usually promote a minimalist ethic, secular reasoning, pragmatic agreements, rights language, and decry ideologies. The latter, on the other hand, normally promote a richer ethical discourse, address the importance of metaphysics and religious faith, admit religious particularity, and emphasize duties.
Prof. Kai Man Kwan, a co-editor of the book, spoke on human rights from a Christian perspective, tracing its roots and mentioning the importance of what the first-generation of human rights advocates promoted as basic rights. He then traced the historic developments that have led to unjustified attempt to multiply dubious rights. Prof. Ellen Zhang spoke about the difficulties faced in Buddhism regarding the rights language, since it is a tradition more interested in spiritual liberation than individualistic claims. Prof. Jonathan Chan, another author of the book who was present, spoke about Confucianism its great difficulties accepting human rights. A lively question and answer session confirmed the relevance of the book’s subject and the need for ongoing dialogue and debate.
The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights presents a Public Forum Debate on “Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees” as part of the European Citizens for Solidarity (EUROSOL) project co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The Forum will be divided in three sessions with three themes related to refugee crisis from a bioethical and human rights perspective. Gathering experts, refugees, migrants, policymakers and other stakeholders from different backgrounds, the aim of the forum is to promote intercultural dialogue and find some creative solutions and proposals through information, knowledge and expertise sharing, discussions and cooperation in best solidary practices dealing with the current challenging crisis that refugees endure.
Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees
A debate to improve clarity and promote social inclusion
The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Rome, in collaboration with the Scalabrini international Migration Institute (SIMI) and other institutions, has organized a day dedicated to a debate on “Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees” within the project “Europe Citizens for Solidarity”- Eurosol, financed under the Europe For Citizens Programme of the European Commission, in Rome November 27. The public forum will be held at Aula Master dell’Università Europea di Roma e dell’Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
The forum will be divided into three sessions; each session will discuss a subject linked to the refugees’ situation from a bioethical and human rights perspective. The first session will be dedicated to Refugees: Threat or Opportunity? Context, Causes and Perspectives. The Refugees’ Situation: The Voice of the Protagonists, with the intervention of Fr. Aldo Skoda, Director of SIMI, followed by Rights and Duties of the Refugee from a Bioethics Perspective, and concluding with Refugee’s Integration from an Intercultural and Religious Perspective.
The forum’s objective is to promote intercultural dialogue and to find creative solutions and proposals by sharing knowledge and competency. Experts, refugees, migrants, politicians interested in the current challenge will be the protagonists of this debate. Among the authorities present will be the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human rights Director, Dr. Alberto Garcia, SIMI’s Director, Fr. Aldo Skoda, Giorgio de Acutis of the Italian Red Cross – Comitato Area Metropolitana di Roma Capitale (Area sociale), and Dr. Veronica Roldan expert in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research.
Moreover, international organization, such as Fundación Altius Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain Dirección General de Servicios Sociales de Integración Social, Madrid, Spain BIDA e V. Kultur und Bildung, Suhl, Germany Erevnitiko Idrima P.L. Nicosia, Cyprus, European Information Centre, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, Stowarzyszenie B-4, Rzeszòw, Poland, Viesoji istaiga Vilniaus Verslo Kolegija, Vilnius, Lithuania, Diagrama Foundation Psychosocial Intervention, Dunstable, United Kingdom will take part in the forum.
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09:40 Welcome and Registration
09:50 Official photo: authorities and special guests
10:00 Event Opening
10:05 Dr. Alberto García, UNESCO Chair Director’s speech
10:15 Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum Representative’s Speech, Fr. José Oyarzún, L.C.
10:25 Fundación Altius Francisco de Vitoria Director’s Speech Clara Ubeda
10:35 First Conference “THE REFUGEES’ CONDITION: CONTEXT, CAUSES AND PRESPECTIVES,” P. Aldo Skoda, CS
10:55 Debate among students and final evaluation by the speaker
11:35 Official photo # 1 – Coffee break
11:45 Second Conference “REFUGEES’ SITUATION: THE VOICE OF THE PROTAGONISTS” Italian Red Cross, Dr. Giorgio de Acutis
12:45 Conference ending and official photo # 2 – Recognition # 2
12:55 Third Conference “RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE REFUGEE FROM A BIOETHICS PRESPECTIVE,” Dr. Alberto García.
13:15 Debate among students and final evaluation by the speaker.
13:55 Official photo # 3 – Recognition # 3
14:05 Lunch “Migrants’ Specialties”
14:55 Explanation of the photograph panel “The Refugees’ Travel”
15:05 Explanation of the Fasasi’s exhibition and Migrants’ Empanadas
15:25 Fourth Conference – “REFUGEE’S INTEGRATION FROM AN INTERCULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS PRESPECTIVE,” Dr. Verónica Roldan.
15:50 Debate among students and final evaluation by the speaker
16:30 Official photo # 4 – Recognition # 4 / Coffee break
16:35 Cultural Event
17:15 Distribution of the certificates to students
17:20 Closing Event