Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

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The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) "was initiated in March 2003 by an international group of human rights advocates, scholars, and lawyers concerned with promoting accountability and civil society in Iran." [1] The IHRDC "believes that the development of an accountability movement and a culture of human rights in Iran are crucial to the long-term peace and security of the country and the Middle East region. As numerous examples have illustrated, the removal of an authoritarian regime does not necessarily lead to an improved human rights situation if institutions and civil society are weak, or if a culture of human rights and democratic governance has not been cultivated. By providing Iranians with comprehensive human rights reports, data about past and present human rights violations and information about international human rights standards, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the IHRDC programs will strengthen Iranians’ ability to demand accountability, reform public institutions, and promote transparency and respect for human rights. Encouraging a culture of human rights within Iranian society as a whole will allow political and legal reforms to have real and lasting weight." [2]




Accessed November 2008: [1]

Directors (Accessed March 2007)




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  1. Directors, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, accessed November 18, 2008.