Human Rights


Discourse of Intercultural Studies

We are pleased to announce

the first international conference



Human Rights in an Intercultural View


October 3rd, 2015

6 - 9:30 p.m.

Gesamtschule Mitte

Hemelinger Str. 20

28205 Bremen, Germany



Panel Proposal

The focus of our current project is on Iran and its approach to the human rights. The idea of human rights in the history and culture of Iran is reflected by Cyrus Cylinder, written in 6th century BC. But, a range of several historic circumstances disconnected the Iranian culture in its process to the present from the basic ideas of the human rights. While Iran experienced several political movements in the 1960s and 1970s as in the rights of women, family and in individual and citizen rights, Iranian people are facing to the major lost of those rights since the Islamic Revolution (1979). How compatible is the Iranin culture with the human rights today, and is there any possibility to turn the international view to violation of human rights in Iran? How is it possible to create and established governmental organizations for developing and protection of human rights?



  • 6 pm Entracnce
  • 6:15 pm Introduction (Hamid Tafazoli)


  • 6:30 pm "We are different"

    Nader Zahedi (Germany)

On difference, as one of the most important cultural aspects, focuses Mr. Zahedi his view and will see in it the fundament ofthe European understanding of human rights. In his talk, Mr. Zahedi will explore the importance of difference in the Charta of Human Rights as a European achievement. But, this is exactly the reason in many non-European countries for rejecting human rights as a European product. Mr. Zahedi will explore this gap with historical references.


  • 6:50 pm An Intercultural Approach to Human Rights

    Hamid Tafazoli (Luxembourg)

    Mr. Tafazoli will discuss human rights in a theoretical and epistemological view based on theories of (Inter-)Cultural Studies with the question of the value of human rights as an inter-national achievement in the national ability of cultural adaption.


  • 7:10 pm The International Charta and the Islamic Declaration of

Human Rights

Hassan Mansour (United Kingdom)

The noblest act of humanity calls Mr. Mansour the human rights, which were established in the form of a Charta by the United Nation in 1948 with Iran’s participation. In his focus, Mr. Mansour contrasts the International Charta of Human Rights with an “Islamic” version of the it, that has been passed by the declaration of the member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference adopted in Cairo (Egypt) in 1990 and called the “Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam” (CDHRI). Mr. Mansour will explore the contrast between the International and the Islamic human rights with references to different understanding of the paradigm of human being in the European and in the Semitic cultures.


  • 7:30 pm Human Rights: Abrahamic faith – Iran and Islamic


Reza Taghizadeh (Scotland)

Mr. Taghizadeh will discuss the gap between the world of Enlightenment and the Abrahamic traditions and religions. He will shift his historical and comparative view from Judaism and Christianity to Islam and will see in Iran a country with an Islamic tradition that acts against the human rights successfully. Mr. Taghizadeh will demonstrate how the Islamic Republic in Iran proceeds towards the human rights and how the Islamic government avoids investigations of the representatives of the United Nation in Iran.


  • 7:50 pm Break


  • 8:15 - 9:30 Roundtable and Discussion