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CONCEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY IS AS IMPORTANT AS OBSERVING HUMAN RIGHTS-IRANIAN PROFESSOR

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TEHRAN-An Iranian professor of international law said that in the contemporary world, the concept of national security and independence is as important as observing human rights.

 “In the past, the concept of national security was defined with ideas such as safeguarding national borders, independence, nonintervention in internal affairs and unity,” said Professor Mehdi Zakerian who teaches law at the Science and Research Unit of the Azad University in Tehran.

He added that but now, safeguarding national security is conditioned to observing international human rights standards that are approved by the States.

Addressing the International Conference on the Evolution of Human Rights Concepts at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies on 1 March 2015, Dr. Zakerain who is also the Managing Director of International Studies Journal (ISJ) said respecting citizens’ rights, paying due attention to the legal demands of nations, discrediting arbitrary detention are as important as safeguarding borders.

Some 70 university professors, students as well as scholars from Iran, China, Ireland, Argentina and Nigeria attended the one-day seminar which was organized by ISJ in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Tehran, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies as well as Human Rights Group of Shahid Beheshti University.

 

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The conference opened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2014, delivered by the UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam.

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