Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC)
Last update of this source description: 19 December 2011.
    “Establish a comprehensive and objective historical record of the human rights situation in Iran since the 1979 revolution, and on the basis of this record, establish responsibility for patterns of human rights abuses;
    Make such record available in an archive that is accessible to the public for research and educational purposes;
    Promote accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iran; and
    Encourage an informed dialogue on the human rights situation in Iran among scholars and the general public in Iran and abroad.“ (IHRDC Website,, accessed 19 December 2011)
The IHRDC is based in the New Haven, Connecticut, USA, founded in 2004 (IHRDC: 2009-2010 Annual Report, 2010,, accessed 19 December 2011).
Target group:
International human rights community; general public.
“By providing Iranians with comprehensive human rights reports, data about past and present human rights violations and information about international human rights standards, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the IHRDC supports Iranians’ ability to demand accountability, reform public institutions, and promote transparency and respect for human rights.” (IHRDC Website,, accessed 19 December 2011)
“IHRDC welcomes support from governments, non-governmental organizations, and private persons. It does not accept any funding whatsoever that is tied to a particular political party or faction, or which requires support for a particular governmental policy, or which otherwise compromises IHRDC's independence in the conduct of its mission.” (IHRDC Website,, accessed 19 December 2011)
“IHRDC is grateful for the generous contributions it has received from individuals, and gratefully acknowledges the grants and in-kind contributions received from donors who wish to remain anonymous as well as the following organizations:
The Achelis and Bodman Foundations; Nancy Pick Fund of The Chicago Community Foundation; The Diamondston Foundation; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP; The Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights; John Doar Foundation; Minow Charitable Trust; Rights and Democracy (Canada); Robinson & Cole LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; The U.S. State Department” (IHRDC: 2009-2010 Annual Report, 2010,, accessed 19 December 2011)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Iran
Thematic focus: Human rights abuses; violations of human rights and international criminal law
Reporting methodology:
“The Center published four human rights reports this fiscal year. The reports are the result of the collection and analysis of primary and secondary sources including interviews of witnesses. Published in English and Persian, they preserve testimony and other evidence of the regime’s human rights record. They also address the needs of Iranians, policymakers and the world to know about human rights violations perpetrated by the Iranian government against civil society.” (IHRDC: 2009-2010 Annual Report, 2010,, accessed 19 December 2011)
Publication cycle:
Annual Report: yearly
Newsletter: no fixed publication cycle (every few months, sometimes more frequently)
Reports: no fixed publication cycle
Witness testimonies: no fixed publication cycle
Laws/Document Database (“Aadel Collection”): various texts, reports and laws; no fixed publication cycle
English, Persian
Navigation of website:
Reports: Website > Publications > Reports
Newsletters: Website > News
Laws/Codes: Website > Human Rights Documents > Iranian Codes summary:
Independent centre documenting the human rights situation in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Established in 2004, based in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
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