XIII World Congress 2003
Education for Peace:
The Best Investment for Future Generations


Rahul Rai - India








Rahul Rai is an alumni of St. Stephens' College, New Delhi. His selection as the Founder Director of Indian Institute of Human Rights (IIHR), New Delhi has been based on his knowledge of human rights education at Post Graduate Level as well as the initiatives taken by him in the process of the establishment of IIHR in December 1999 and its inauguration by Justice J.S.Verma, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the occasion of Human Rights Day. Rahul Rai's contribution in contacting more than 50 universities and advising them to get themselves associated with the Indian Institute of Human Rights (IIHR) for co-sponsoring the Post Graduate Programme in Human Rights will go a long way in the history of human rights education and training in the new millennium.

As the study and concern about human rights has remained largely confined to international lawyers, diplomats and statesmen, Rahul Rai has been active to see that these rights increasingly become the subject of concern for national lawyers, activists, reformers, policy makers and other citizenry.Rahul Rai has organised and participated in many national as well as international conferences related to human rights, civil liberties, disaster mitigation, sustainable development and depolluting technologies. Besides collaborating with selected Indian universities, the author is presently working on the WIBP's joint venture 'International Education Project' for inviting reputed British universities for offering need-based programmes in India.

Peace as a Human Right

Rahul Rai, Director, Indian Institute of Human Rights

To live in peace is a fundamental Human Right and lasting peace is a prerequisite for the exercise of all human rights and duties. It is not the peace of silence, of men and women who by choice or constraint remain silent. It is the peace of freedom - and therefore of just laws - of happiness, equality, and solidarity, in which all citizens count, live together and share.

Peace, development and democracy form an interactive triangle. They are mutually reinforcing. Without democracy, there is no sustainable development: disparities become unsustainable and lead to imposition and domination, resulting in peacelessness.