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The First International Conference on Human Rights
Cooperators of the First Conference

   - Topics
   - Contributions to the First Conference
Contributors in English
Contributes in Persian and Arabic
Program of the First Conference
Publications of the First Conference
The Second International Conference on Human Rights



Cooperators of the First Conference

    The main cooperators of the International Conference on Human Rights and Dialogue of Civilizations were:

1. International Center for Dialogue among Civilizations

2. The United Nations in the Islamic Republic of Iran (along with the logo)

3. Institute for Political and International Studies of Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry

4.Iranian National Commission for UNESCO

5.Islamic Human Rights Commission.  

Topics of the First Conference

    The first Conference had the following as its main topics:

1.Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights

2.Religions and Civilizations and Freedom of Belief and Religion

3.Religions and Religious Minorities

4.Freedom of Expression from the Viewpoint of Religions and Civilizations

5. Religions and Civilizations and Rights of Peoples

6.Religions & Civilizations and Gender Issues

7.Practical Aspects of Human Rights

Contributions to the First Conference

The Conference received a total of 167 papers from scholars of various countries.104 of these papers were in Persian, 41 in English and 22 in Arabic.The contributors were from the following countries:

Asian countries: Iran, Tajikistan, Oman, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

European countries: UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, Albania, and France.

African countries: Libya, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

American countries: USA, Canada, and Uruguay.

The papers were evaluated by the Scientific Committee of the Conference that was composed of scholars and experts from both inside and outside Iran. Here is a list of contributors whose accepted papers were in English and below a list of those who wrote their papers in Persian (P) or Arabic (A). The titles of Persian and Arabic papers are translated into English by the Secretariat of the Conference and those of English are reproduced below in the Contents of the Collected Papers of International Conference on Human Rights and Dialogue of Civilizations.


Contributors in English


Aini Linjakumpu

Ph D, Senior Assistant, Department of International Relations, University of Lapland, Finland.


Plamen Makariev

Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia, University, Bulgaria

George F. MCLEAN

Professor of Philosophy, the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, USA


Viatcheslav Morozov

Assistant Professor of European Studies, School of International Relations, St.Petersburg State University, Russia

Anthony Okeregbe

Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos, Nigeria



Catholic University of Piacenza, University of Genoa, Seat of Imperia (Italy)


Nicoletta PARISI

University Cattaneo, Castellanza (Italy), Catholic University of Milan (Italy)


Gerhard Robbers

University of Trier, Germany


Norbert Rouland

Membre de l'Institut Universitaire de France, Professeur à la Faculté de Droit d'Aix-en-Provence


S.M.G. Seyed Fatemi

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


Stephen F. Schneck

Department of Politics, the Catholic University of America


Edward ALAM

Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Notre Dame University, Lebanon


William Sweet

Department of Philosophy, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada


Richard G. Wilkins

Professor and Director, The World Family Policy Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Daniel Brumberg

Department of Government, Georgetown University, USA


Jack DOnnelly

Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA

Abolfazl Ezzati

Professor and Dean of Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, UK


Esmat Fazeli

Researcher in the Institute for Research and Planning in Higher Education, Iranian Ministry of Science,

Research and Technology.

Nazila Ghanea-Hercock

Lecturer in International Law and Human Rights, ICS, University of London, UK

Sonia Harris-Short

Lecturer in Law, University of Durham, UK

Neil Hicks

Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C., USA

Michael Ipgrave

Adviser on Inter-Faith Relations, Archbishops Council, Secretary, Churches’ Commission for Inter-Faith Relations

Contributes in Persian and Arabic

Jafar Aryani

Researcher in the Islamic Theology center, Qom, Iran

Reciprocal Rights of Muslims and Followers of Other Divine Religions (P) 

Abdolhamid Akochakian

Researcher in the Islamic Theology Center, Qom, Iran

The Role of Time and Space in Development of Human-Rights- Related Concepts(P)

Seyed Hassan Islami

Researcher in the Islamic Theology Center in Qom, Iran

To What Extent Criticism of the Government Is Permitted? (P)

Abbas Izadpanah

Researcher in the Islamic Theology Center, Qom, Iran

The Identity of Iranian Civilization and Human Rights (P)

Dr. Muhammad Ali Basiri

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Isfahan University, Iran

Globalization, Human Rights and Dialogue of Civilizations (P)

S. M. Sagafi

Researcher in the Islamic Theology Center, Qom, Iran

The state of Medina and religious minorities (P)

Dr. Galaa Idriss

Professor of Israeli Studies, College of letters, University of Tanta, Egypt

Human Rights in Islam and Judaism: A comparative Study in Light of International Documents (A)

Sayed Sadegh Haghighat

Ph.D.Candidate in Political Science, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

Islamic Human Rights: Conditions of Possibility and Impossibility (P)

Abderrazagh A. Douay

Depart of Letters, Muhammad Al-Khames University, Morocco

The Role of Tolerance and Right to Difference in Dialogue of Civilizations (A)

Sa’id Rahai

Department of law, Mofid University, Qom, Iran

Religion of Mercy (P)

Dr. Wahba Al-Zuhili

Department of Islamic Jurisprudence, Damascus University, Syria

Freedom of Opinion and Expression in Religions and Civilizations (P)

Ahmad Zekri

Mohammad al-Khames University, Morocco

Historical Origins of Human Rights (A)

Dr. Sayed Hossein Seifzadeh

Faculty of Law and Political Science of Tehran University, Iran

Logical Foundations of “Clash” or “Dialog” among Civilizations (P)

Dr. Mahmoud Ebadian

Department of Philosophy, Mofid University, Qom, Iran

Human Rights: Concepts, Universality and Implications (P)

Mahdi Abbasi

Researcher in the Islamic Theology Center, Qom

Coexistence of Followers of Divine Religions “in the Quran and Sunnah” (P)

Abdussalam Al-Tahir Al-Qarad

Depart. of letters, Al-Fatih University, Libya

Protection of the Aged People as a Minority in Religions and Civilizations (A)

Azizat Al-Sharif

Professor of public Law, Faculty of Law, Kuwait University

Freedom of Opinion and Expression and the Limits of Public Criticism (A)

Hmoud Salem Olimat

Graduate Social Work Program, University of Jordan

Cross-Cultural Communication: A Prolegomenon for Inter-civilizational Discourse (A)

Naser Ghorbannia

Department of Law, Mofid University, Qom, Iran

The Relationship between Justice and Human Rights (P)

Hossein Kaji

An MA Student in Philosophy, Mofid University, Qom, Iran

Philosophical-Anthropological Foundations of Human Rights (P)

Dr. Mohsen Kadivar

Faculty Member, Tarbiat Modarres Universtiy, Tehran, Iran

Freedom of Belief and Religion in Islam and Human Right Instruments (P)

Hassan Salah el Din Mostafa el Lebeidi

Assiut University, Egypt

Comparison between the Theory of Human Rights in Islam and the Contemporary Declarations of Human rights (A)

Hojjatul-Islam Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari

Faculty Member of Tehran University

Human Rights, the Abrahimian Religions’ Texts, God’s Rights (P)

Dr. Sayed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad

Professor at Shahid Beheshti University

Religious Knowledge and the Idea of Human Rights (P)

Sayed Abolfazl Mousavian

Researcher in the Islamic Theology Center, Qom

Freedom of Belief from the Viewpoint of Islam (P)

Dr. Hossein Mehrpoor

Faculty of law, Shahid Beheshiti University, Tehran, Iran

International Monitoring of Human Rights Implementation (P)

Dr. Nasr Hamed Abuzaid

Professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands

Universal Human Rights Instruments: Adoption or Non-Adoption – the Crisis of Dialogue or the Crisis of Fanaticism (A)


Program of the First Conference

Opening Session                Sat. Morning, 5 May 2001

09:00 Registration

09:20 The National Anthem of the I.R. of Iran

09:21 Reciting Some Verses of the Holy Qur'an

09:30 Report of the Secretary, Hojjatul-Islam Rahim Nobahar

09:40 Greetings and Report by Mr. S. Masoud Moosavi, Vice-chancellor of Mufid University

09:50 President Khatami's Message

10:05 Mr. Picco's Message, Personal Representative of the UN Secretary General


1st Session Sat. Morning 5 May 2001

Presiding Board: Mr. Ahmad Masdjed Jameii, Dr. S.Ataullah Mohajerani and Mr. Nasser Ghorbannia

 10:20 Dr. Daniel Brumberg

                Department of Government, Georgetown University

                    "Civilization, Dialogue, Freedom: President Mohammad Khatami's New Thinking"

10:45      Hojjatul-Islam Dr. S. Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad

                Prof. at Shahid Beheshti University

                    "Religious Knowledge and the Idea of Human Rights"

 11:05     Break

2nd Session Sat. Morning

Presiding Board: Dr. Wahbeh Al-Zuheili, Hojjatul-Islam  Kamelan and Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa

 11:25 Prof. William Sweet

                Department of Philosophy, St. Francis Xavier University Canada

               "Universal Human Rights and Cultural Integrity"

 11:50 Mr. Nasser Ghorbannia

                Director of the Law Department of Mufid University

               "The Relationship between Justice and Human Rights"

12:15 Dr. Edward Alam

                Assistant Professor at Notre Dame University, Lebanon

                    "Christianity and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

 12:40 Dr. Hassan Salah EL Din El-Lobeidi

                Prof. at the Faculty of Law, Assiut University, Egypt

               "Comparison between the Theory of Human Rights in Islam and the contemporary declarations of

 Human          Rights"

13:00 Prayers and Luncheon

3rd Session Sat. Afternoon

Presiding Board: Prof. Step