Aims and Objects

Post Graduate Programme in Human Rights


1. To work for ensuring that basic human rights are respected everywhere.

2. To cooperate to avoid compromising on human rights for economic or political expediency.

3. To recognise democratic institutions as a fundamental human right.

4. To work towards the sovereignty and self determination of entities with historical, cultural and ecological identity.

5. To restrict cooperation with governing regimes that violate human right.

6. To actively engage with the Government of India and other countries to promote human rights education.

7. To bring diplomatic and commercial pressures on regimes that violate human rights, to ensure that they respect the basic rights of their citizens.

8. To keep the interests of disempowered communities foremost in all dealings with countries in which human rights violations occur.

9. To support the end of colonization and press for resolution of colonial conflicts through the UN framework.

10. To develop a more distinctive and effective role for the International Court of Justice in the field of human rights.

11. To support through the UN framework, democratic and economic reforms in countries coming out of totalitarian control.

12. To promote a culture for educating the citizenry that cultivation and promotion of human rights culture is the sine qua non for the smooth functioning of the organs of a democratic State and for the kind of development that results into overall development of the society.

13. To train the young men and women for facing the challenges of the pluralistic society and the rising conflicts and tensions in the name of particularistic loyalties to caste, religion, region and culture.     

14. To study the effects of draconian laws and unlawful use of State's machinery and force by the enforcement agencies.

15. To prepare case studies on the rising custodial deaths, killings in encounters and related issues for ensuring that human rights education must address the need of evolving new structures of knowledge and accountability to impart new skills and sensitivities amongst holders of State power so as to make them more responsive to the culture of human rights and values of democracy.

16. To necessitate human rights education to evolve strategies and schemes for tackling such attitudes like employing bonded labour, practising untouchability, perpetrating sati and help members internalise more humane and egalitarian approach in their social relations.

17. To help stop legal social and economic discrimination against women and their exploitation in different ways.

18. To promote human rights education as a catalyst in bringing out attitudinal and social change among the management of fire works, glass, stone crushing and related industries for reducing the prevalence of child labour in these and other hazardous industries to zero.

19. To create an environment as well as an understanding that human rights can easily become vulnerable to abuse of various structures and processes of power.

20. To ensure comprehensiveness and incorporation of national, regional and international perspectives related to human rights.

21. To study the philosophical and cultural basis and historical perspectives on human rights.

22. To examine the inter-dependence of and linkages between human rights and democracy, pluralism, development, ecological balance, peace and harmony at the national and international levels.

23. To study the historical context, colonialism and post colonialism, post independence national development, protection regime especially for the week and marginalised groups including minorities and for women and children.

24. To study and prepare reports on the violation of human rights by the State and its agencies - the police and criminal justice system inconsistent with human rights norms.

25. To suggest action for violation of rights by armed political groups and terrorists.

26. To work against intra-social violation of rights of the poor and weak by the dominant groups.

27. To effectively work for reducing gender inequalities, exploitations and injustices.

28. To provide legal aid and advice for the indigent and weaker sections of the society.

29. To work in close cooperation with National Human Rights Commission and other Statutory Commissions on Women, Minorities, SC and ST and Linguistic Minorities, NGOs and Media Organisations for promoting Human Rights Education.

30. To study the texts, treaties, arrangements and structures innovated by the international community in the post world war period for the protection of human rights, effect of cold war on the status and functioning of various institutions and structures organised for promotion and protection of human rights.

31. To promote the role of developing societies vis-a-vis human rights.                           gotop

32. To study the causes of success and failure of institutions like UN and its specialised bodies like UNHCR, UNHCHR, UNESCO, WHO, ILO vis-a-vis human rights.

33. To collect data related to the existing educational and training facilities in the areas of human rights and civil liberties in different parts of the world in general and the developing countries in particular for designing a need based Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Programmes in Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

34. To aid in organising conferences, seminars, meetings, discussions, debates, study courses, collection of statistics, exhibitions, shows, tour trips etc.

35. To publish books, encyclopaedias, monographs, journals and directories on human rights.




1. All disputes subject to Delhi jurisdiction only.

2. The responsibility of Indian Institute of Human Rights is limited to the two years Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights.

3. Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights conducted by Indian Institute of Human Rights is not for the purposes of recruitment in the Government sector.