UNESCO Chair in human rights, peace and democracy studies (442), established in 2001 at the Shahid Beheshti University (Islamic Republic of Iran).


Human rights, peace and democracy.


  • The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, education, information and documentation in the field of human rights, sustainable development, culture of peace, democracy and tolerance.
  • It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level researchers and internationally recognized professors of the University and other higher education institutions in Iran and Asia.
  • The activities in the field of human rights will be based on the international standards enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the International Covenants on Human Rights and in other relevant standard-setting instruments, on the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights as well as on the principles of equality between men and women and non-discrimination.

Host Institution


Progress report 2008 (short version)

UNESCO Sector/Field Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Office in Tehran.


Dr Jafar Kousha, Shahid Beheshti University,Research Center for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy
UNESCO Chairholder, Director of the Center
E-Mail address - Info.chpd(at)

Work Phone - + (98 21) 224-319-11/299-027-66
Fax - + (98 21) 224-319-11/299-027-66
Street - Evin, P.O. Box 1983963113
City - Teheran
Country - Islamic Republic of Iran