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