human rights centre

The Human Rights in Iran Unit

About us

The Human Rights in Iran Unit was established in March 2012 at the University of Essex.

The Human Rights in Iran Unit focuses on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s compliance with international human rights law. Based in the School of Law, we are building upon our University’s proud tradition of supporting UN Special Rapporteurs and of human rights expertise that reaches back to 1982.

Our University has a proud tradition in human rights that reaches back to 1982 and has developed a rich body of experience and expertise. We have previously supported two UN Special Rapporteurs, both currently academic members in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre Members. We also have a variety of other staff with direct experience in the field.

Our research studies provide an accessible account of the breadth and complexity of violations in Iran from the standpoint of international law, which may serve scholars, practitioners and anyone concerned with the underlying or systematic problems in the country. We also organize and host lectures, roundtables and workshops, which involve a diverse range of Iranian human rights and civil society experts.

Our work

  • Assist the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Dr Ahmed Shaheed.
  • Combine international and Iranian legal expertise for deep research and analysis of human rights issues.
  • Provide support and forum for discussion with experts and civil society organisations working on these issues.

Objectives

The Human Rights in Iran Unit was established with three main objectives:

  • provide assistance to the UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, building on the experience of the University in supporting other Special Rapporteurs
  • carry out collaborative research and deeper analysis on human rights in Iran by combining competence in international human rights law and UN procedures with Iranian legal expertise
  • provide support and a forum for discussion with experts and civil society organisations working on these issues