Let us work together to ensure human rights for People of Color. The time is now. (American Society for Pharmacognosy)
We as the Board of the GA deplore any form of violence against people of colour, indigenous people or other ‘minorities’. With this statement we want to support very strongly calls for justice as expressed by the American Society for Pharmacognosy.
Statement of the Board of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)
As researchers in all aspects of medicinal and natural product research we - the Board of the Society of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) recognise the tremendous human diversity on this planet. As scientists and as citizen of the world’s countries, we must stand up for people of all colours / ethnicities, religions, beliefs, personal orientation irrespective of gender and age.
As the Board of the GA, we are aware of existing inequities a social minority faces both in their personal and professional life and in all countries. Therefore, with this statement we join our sister organisation - the American Society for Pharmacognosy (ASP)- in strongly supporting scientists of all backgrounds in their struggle for justice as well as against violence and discrimination. We support scientists to form global networks and we strive for diversity in every aspect, as we also value the many opportunities this brings.
We as the Board of the GA deplore the brutalities against black people, as well as against any other minority like indigenous peoples or Hispanics (Chicano Boricuas) whether it is in the USA or any other country. George Floyd is, sadly, the most recent of far too many victims.
The world suddenly entered a period of great uncertainty in terms of global health. Science is a key foundation for evidence-based solutions globally. We call upon governments to ascertain that the focus is directed on improving the health of a nation’s people and supporting them. Black, Indigenous and other ‘minorities’ are hit particularly hard by the global pandemic. The focus needs to be on developing evidence-based solutions to these challenges on the basis of mutual respect and on empowering the people improving their lives and health. We are in solidarity with those affected by violence and with our partner organisations in the USA and beyond who call for ethnic equality.
On behalf of the Board of the Society of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) – Judith Rollinger (president), Anna-Rita Bilia and Michael Heinrich (vice presidents), Olaf Kelber and Bernd Roether (ExCo members)
Contacts: GA-secretary – Dr Olaf Kelber /
The GA (Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research) is dedicated to the scientific exchange of information about medicinal plants, their pharmacology; the phytochemistry, biosynthesis and biotechnology of natural products, and related fields to basic and applied research on medicinal plants and natural products. One of our key aims is to foster research and disseminate information about evidence based medical uses of natural substances.
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