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United Nations seminar of humans rights and scientific and technological developments



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DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

NEWS RELEASE NO. M/ 5 1 16 June 1972

UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS

AND SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL

• DEVELOPMENTS

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Nigel Bowen, announced

today Australia's participation in a United'Nations Seminar on Human

Rights and Scientific and Technological Developments, to be held in

Vienna from 19 June to 1 July 1972» The Australian Representative will

be Mr R.D. Wilson, Q.C., Solicitor-General for the State of Western Australia, " ' , . " : #-i * · ■ '

The Seminar will examine the impact of recent scientific and

uecnno.Logical developments on the specific rights ti privacy, work,

enjoyment of democratic government, leisure, health, education and culture.

The Seminar will also discuss national measures and policies designed to ■ ■ . ■ ■ r . " '

protect human rights in the light of these developments and seek to ensure

that scientific discoveries and their technological applications are

utilised in the interest of society as a whole.

Mr Bowen said that this is the first time that the United Nations

has held a Seminar.on this vital subject, and it reflects growing inter­

national concern that the rights and freedoms of individuals and peoples · . · . ■ · . .. . ■ . ■ v . ' ' '

may be endangered by recent scientific discoveries and their technical

applications. I am pleased that. Australia was among the thirty-three

countries invited to attend this Seminar, as I attach considerable

importance both to Australia's participation and the issues that will be

discussed.

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Mr Bowen also added that the basic aim of this Seminar is to enable

Governments to share experiences and knowledge gained in solving or

attempting to solve problems of protection of human rights= The Minister

said that he could not emphasize too strongly the importance of this

attempt to establish and protect human rights in the world today»