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Iran Centers

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Iran Centers

 

Known Centers based in Iran

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Center for Human Rights Studies (HRCUT)

University of Tehran Faculty of Law and Political Science

 

Year Established: 2001

 

Short Historical Background

 

In the context of thousands of charitable organizations across Iran providing humanitarian and other forms of assistance and protection to suffering people in support of the Islamic principle of upholding the inherent dignity of human beings, there is a lack of academic centers which foster and promote human rights-related debate, research and training.

 

Following the workshop on regional human rights arrangements for the Asia-Pacific held in 1998 in Tehran and in light of the need for technical assistance to countries in the region stressed in the final declaration of the workshop, the UNDP proposed to the Faculty of Law & Political Science of the University of Tehran the project called "Strengthening Capacities for Human Rights Training and Research". The project started in May 1999 under the auspices of Professor Nasrin Mosaffa, Associate Dean for Financial and Administration Affairs of the Faculty of Law& Political Science.

 

The Center for Human Rights studies was accordingly established under this project in January 2000, as a measure to institutionalize human rights research and training activities.

 

The Center is a specialized institution for human rights documents and information to support interest in human rights of the students and researchers. It began operating on 24 Mehr, 1378 (15 October 1999), on the fourth floor of Building No 2, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran. Following the inauguration of the Center, the Information Department was moved to the new location on 26.10.1379

 

Objectives

 

 

Programs

 

Activities

 

The Center undertakes the following activities:

1. Research, authoring and translation of materials in the following areas:

- Theoretical foundations of human rights.

- Conceptual and historical evolution of human rights.

- Sources and principles of international humanitarian law.

- Human rights enforcement and monitoring mechanisms.

- Violations of human rights and compensatory mechanisms.

- International criminal tribunals mechanisms.

- Regional and international human rights agreements.

- International human rights NGOs.

- Promoting international cooperation in the field of human rights.

2. Cooperation with domestic and international academic and research centers in the above mentioned fields.

3. Special training courses

4. Academic conferences

5. Publication of studies and conference papers.

 

Special Concerns

 

 

Research Studies

 

The Center conducts research in cooperation with other institutes in the university. It finished the following research projects:

a. Freedom of Expression

- in cooperation with the Institute of Comparative Law

 

The project focused on these issues:

1. The Sources and Fundamentals of the Rights to Freedom of Expression

2. The Scope Of Enforcing The Rights And Its Extent

3. Major Indicators of Application of the Rights and its Practical Difficulties

 

b. Justice, Equality and Equity in Human Rights

- in cooperation with the Institute of Criminal Science and Criminology

The project focused on these issues:

1. Justice and its conceptual evolution from a philosophic perspective

2. Justice and equity from an Islamic perspective

3. Equality from the perspective of the Convention on the Elimination of all from of Racial Discrimination, and other international instruments

4. The concepts of justice and equity in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

c. Strengthening International Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights

- in cooperation with the Center for Graduate International Studies

 

The project focused on these issues:

1. Human Rights Instruments and the Mechanism Envisaged for their Implementation and Supervision

2. Identifying Human Rights Standards And Principles

 

Publications

 

Several books, including the following, have been translated and printed by the Center:

1. Les Droits de L'homme by Jacques Mourgeon

Translated by Dr. Ahmad Naghibzadeh, Professor of Faculty of Law and Political Science, in 2002. (108 pages, ISBN:964-7598-16-5,published by Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran)

2. Human Rights and Humanitarian Law by Daniel Warner (1997, Nartinus Nijoff, ISBN: 90-411-0407-0)

Translated by Dr. Salaleh Habibi Amin, Researcher and translator in International Relations.

 

Library

 

The library of the Center collects the latest books and references on human rights-related topics. With the introductionof a Human Rights Masters degree program and a Doctoral course on human rights by the Faculty of Law and Political Science, the number of books for translation into Farsi has increased.

 

Address

 

Center for Human Rights Studies (HRCUT)

No. 101 Corner of Kamalzadeh St., Ordibehesht St.,

Jomhouri eslami Ave., Tehran, Iran

PO Box 13185-1545

ph/fax (9821) 6414423-4

e-mail: hricent[a]ut.ac.ir

http://hrcut.ir

 

 

 

 

UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy

- Shahid Beheshti University

 

Year Established: 2001

 

Short Historical Background

 

The Faculty of Law of Shahid Beheshti University has worked since 1994 for the promotion of research and training in the field of human rights in Iran. It worked on

1. Incorporating human rights as a compulsory subject in the doctoral level course of international law

2. Incorporating the international regime of human rights as a compulsory subject in the masters level course of international law

3. Establishing a nationwide masters level program in human rights and the start of such program in the university Faculty of Law;

4. Communication with the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to determine areas for the promotion of human rights education in the country;

5. Establishment of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy in Shahid Beheshti University.

 

The UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy of Shahid Beheshti University was established in the spring of 2001 on the campus of Shahid Beheshti University following an agreement concluded in 2000 between the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Shahid Beheshti University.

 

Objectives

 

The UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy aims to undertake research and training in the field of human rights, peace and democracy and their promotion through the
• Formal education on human rights (from the primary to tertiary levels)
• Informal education on human rights (through governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions).

 

 

Programs

 

The programs include the following:

 

  • Specialized library and human rights documents center
  • Masters level courses on human rights
  • Short term human rights courses at the national and regional levels
  • Training courses for human rights educators
  • Human rights educational material development
  • Translation of human rights texts and instruments
  • Inter-disciplinary research center in the fields of human rights, peace and democracy
  • Linkage with inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights research and training.

 

Activities

 

Translation of international and regional human rights instruments

Translation of materials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Human Rights Fact

Sheet numbers 2,4,10,17,22);

Establishment of a specialized library and United Nations Depository Library;

Establishment of a computer site with unlimited daily access to the Internet;

Establishment of an audio-visual center;

Initiation of a masters level course on human rights law;

Holding of

- workshops for governors and executives of the province of Tehran;

- short-term human rights educational workshop for undergraduate students of law at Shahid Beheshti University;

- short-term human rights educational workshop for students of law in Tehran;

- workshops for the network of women's human rights NGOs;

Participation of three of the Chair's members in the thirty-third study session of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France;

Establishment of links with different universities, institutions and entities active in the fields of human rights, peace and democracy;

Holding of a research project entitled " Control Mechanisms of the Rights of the Victims of Torture";

Translation of the book Identite Humaine by Edgar Morin

Sending professors, students and lawyers abroad for complementary courses in human rights, peace and democracy

  • Organizing of conferences
  • Co-operation with civil institutions for the promotion of the culture to respect human rights;
  • Awarding of two prizes every year to the best Masters level dissertations in the field of human rights.

 

 

Address

 

UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy

Shahid Beheshti University

Evin, Tehran, Iran

ph (9821) 2411505, 29902766

ph/fax: (9821) 2411505

e- mail: a-amirarjomand[a]uchrpd.org; info[a]uchrpd.org; chrpd[a]gmail.com

www.uchrpd.org/english/home.html

http://en.sbu.ac.ir/ResearchCenters/Chpd/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Center for Human Rights Studies

- Mofid Univesity

 

Year Established: 2003

 

Short Historical Background

 

The Center for Human Rights Studies at Mofid University was established in spring 2003 to coordinate and organize the different academic activities of Mofid University in the field of human rights.

 

Mofid University started its major activities in the field of human rights studies by holding the first international conference on human rights. The secretariat of the conference was established in 1999 and the first conference entitled: "Human Rights and Dialogue among Civilizations" held in May 2001, the year which was titled as "the year of dialogue among civilizations" by the United Nations, in accordance with the proposal of Iranian President, Mohammad Khatami. Considering the significant achievements of that conference, the university decided to hold the same conferences every two years each time on some specific topics of human rights studies; so the secretariat of the conference had been kept and became the permanent secretariat of the international conferences.

 

The importance of the issue of human rights and its central role in social and political relations in the world today motivated the university's officials to conduct some serious research programs regarding different theoretical and practical aspects of human rights. At the time, these activities were concentrated in and managed by the permanent secretariat. Shortly, it was obviously felt that a firm establishment was needed to handle all those activities. Therefore, the permanent secretariat evolved into the Center for Human Rights Studies in 2003.

 

 

Objectives

 

The main mission of the Center is to conduct and commission research activities in human rights with an interdisciplinary approach, and also carry out comparative studies on human rights according to different religions and cultures.

 

Programs

 

Research programs

 

1. Participation in the preliminary discussions held by UNDP Iran to provide a five-year UNDP project on Good Governance (December 2004)

2. Designing a project on developing human rights book for training activities

3. Designing a proposal for the project on the Comprehensive System of Ethics and Biological Rights(July 2004);

4. Organizing a research group on bioethics (Winter 2004).

 

Activities

 

1. Research

a. Research and education in the field of child rights in cooperation with UNICEF Iran (July 2006)

b. Agreement with the Center for the Study of Human Rights at New York Columbia University on academic cooperation in the field of human rights.

 

2. Lectures and Workshops

 

a. On child rights

- Three-day workshop on Teenagers' Trial for judges of Qom and Markazi provinces at Mofid University with the cooperation of UNICEF Iran and Judicial Power's Deputy for Judicial Development (1-3 May 2007)

- Three-day course on Children's Rights in Tehran in Cooperation with UNICEF Iran ( 13-15 March 2007)

- Four-day course on child rights for the staff of governmental organizations engaged in children's affairs, with the cooperation of UNICEF Iran (22-25 January 2007, Qeshm)

- Two-week course on child rights at Mofid University for the staff of governmental organizations engaged in children's affairs, with the cooperation of UNICEF Iran (26 November-7 December 2006)

 

b. On women's rights

- Series of meetings on women issues titled "Woman's Identity in Religions" with the cooperation of Qom Provincial Government (October 2005)

- Series of meetings on women's issues titled "Review of the Charter of Women's Rights and Responsibilities in the I.R. of Iran, Ratified by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution on 21 September 2004" at Mofid University in August 2005

- Eight meetings on women issues held in cooperation with Qom Provincial Government (early 2005)

 

c. On HIV/AIDS

- Two-day workshop in cooperation with UNICEF on reviewing a workbook for Muslim clergymen about HIV/AIDS (January 2006)

 

d. Bioethics

- First Workshop of the Network for Cooperation on the Study of Bioethics from the Perspective of Ethics, Law and Social Sciences, held by National Center for the Study of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Tehran, 10 June 2004);

- National Workshop on Bioethics held by Iranian National Commission for UNESCO (Qeshm, 29-31 January 2004)

 

e. Other issues

- Participation in the triple workshops on the relationship of UN with civil society held by UNDP in Iran ( 25 August 2004);

- Workshop on Theoretical Approaches to Identity ( 20 July 2004);

- Workshop on Islam and Human Rights with some students and representatives of NGOS from both inside and outside Iran (8 July 2004)

- Workshop on Identity, Cultural Identity and Human Rights, (9 March 2004);

 

f. International conferences

- 4th International Conference on Human Rights entitled "Human Rights and Religion" in the framework of the Cluster Project on National Capacity Building for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights for Greater Access to Justice" for which Mofid University is an implementing national partner. (May 2007)

- 3rd International Conference on Human Rights "Identity, Difference and Human Rights" in Qom (May 2005)

- 2nd International Conference on Human Rights "Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights" (May 2007)

- 1st International Conference on Human Rights

 

Publications

 

• Proceedings of the publication of the book on the children rights titled “The Rights of the Child: A Comparative Study of Islam and International Instruments” with the cooperation of UNICEF Iran.
• Journal in the field of human rights (2006, 2007)

Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Human Rights "Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights" (May 2007) - Farsi and English versions

 

Address

 

Center for Human Rights Studies

Mofid Univesity

Sadoogi Boulevard, Mofid Square

Qom, Iran

P.O. Box 37185-3611

ph (98-251) 2925764

fax (98-251) 2903564

ph ( Tehran) (98 21) 66710735

e-mail:CHRS[a]Mofidu.ac.ir ; CHRSMU[a]hotmail.com

http://chrs.mofidu.ac.ir

www.mofidu.ac.ir

 

 

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