Message of the then Secretary General of United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan to the Students of Indian Institute of Human Rights

It gives me great pleasure to send my warmest greetings to postgraduate students at the Indian Institute of Human Rights. The United Nations Charter enshrines our commitment 'to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small'.

Achieving that aim requires the United Nations, governments, and civil society to act in concert, to establish and monitor human rights standards and to promote human rights education.


The 23rd Human Rights Congress was organised by Indian Institute of Human Rights on 10 December 2023 at New Delhi to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 24th anniversary of Indian Institute of Human Rights. The theme for the World Congress was "Free Speech and Human Rights".


The French Government recognises Dr. Rahul Rai as "Personnalites d avenir" (Young Promising Leader).

The French Government recognised Dr. Rahul Rai, Director. Indian Institute of Human Rights as "Personnalites d avenir (Young Promising Leader) and invited him to Paris to meet senators, senior functionaries of various Ministries and Human Rights bodies. Dr. Rahul Rai was in Paris from 21st March 2010 to 27th March 2010.

The Ministry of External and European Affairs. Government of France had drawn an elaborate proramme for Dr. Rahul Rai in order to introduce him to the top personalities of the French Republic involved in the promotion of Human Rights. The following photographs give a brief sketch of his visit as "Personnalites davenir" to Paris.


Human Rights Quotations of the Day

*"Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free."
-- 14th Dalai Lama

* "You can chain me, you can torture me, you can destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind."
--  Mahatma Gandhi
"Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere."
-- Martin Luther King



Two Years Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights conducted by Indian Institute of Human Rights under distance learning/correspondence mode.


Viewing the urgent need for the establishment of a national level institution for studies, training, research, publication, conference organisation and consultancy in the field of human rights and civil liberties, the Indian Institute of Human Rights was established as a constituent unit of the World Institution Building Programme (WIBP), an International Charity incorporated in March 1990 as a Public Charitable Trust at New Delhi. The WIBP decided to accord autonomy to the Indian Institute of Human Rights by advising to get the co-sponsorship of different Universities for launching need based programmes at Bachelor's, Master's as well as Doctoral levels.


Accordingly selected Universities in India were contacted by the functionaries and authorities of the Indian Institute of Human Rights inviting them to co-sponsor the birth of IIHR and for registering the IIHR Trust. The names of  these Universities were announced during the Human Rights Day function on 10 December 1999 where the Post Graduate Programme in Human Rights of IIHR was formally inaugurated by Hon'ble Justice J S Verma, the then Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).


Education : A Tool for the Elimination of Human Rights Violations

"Without education, we cannot see beyond ourselves and our narrow surroundings to the reality of global interdependence. Without education, we cannot realize how peoples of other races and religions share the same dreams, the same hopes. Without education, we cannot recognize the universility of human aims and aspirations."
                           — The then United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan