Human Rights: Balancing Principle-based Obligation and Utilitarian Application

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The Imam Abdessalam Yassin Foundation for Research and Studies is hosting its fourth International Scientific Conference remotely, focusing on the theme:
“Human Rights: Balancing Principle-based Obligation and Utilitarian Application”

April 12th and 13th, 2025.


In the broader context of its comprehensive struggle to achieve the principles of freedom, unity, strength, and equity, the Islamic nation requires a robust commitment, driven by genuine awareness and will, to actively engage in supporting human rights at local, regional, and global levels. This entails concerted and joined efforts of the varied organizations, associations, and political parties advocating for the safeguarding rights and freedoms across various realms and generations.

This conscious and intentional engagement serves as a clear testament to the fundamental principle of human dignity within our Islamic faith, and the individual and collective rights—social, economic, political, and cultural—that derive from it. It also underscores our Islamic nation’s dedication to protecting these rights, both now and in the future. While philosophical and ideological differences persist in the interpretation of this concept across various cultural and civilizational contexts, this commitment remains steadfast against the onslaught of violence, brutality, and discrimination. These are hallmarks of the global political system and manifest in political positions expressed both verbally and through actions in numerous regional and international arenas, as well as in theaters of war, occupation, and colonialism.

It is intolerable for the adherence to the principles of human rights, human dignity, and freedoms to diminish anywhere, be it in the East or West, North or South, under any circumstances, given the dire consequences such weakening and complacency can inflict upon peoples and nations, particularly the most vulnerable among them. A striking example is the plight of the marginalized Palestinian people, enduring various forms of injustice under the oversight of “democratic” governments and “human rights” organizations, despite decades of their suffering being widely acknowledged.

The “Al-Aqsa Flood” event and its ensuing dire repercussions, which defy adequate description (such as genocide, crimes against humanity, killings, destruction, arson, displacement, starvation, and more), have exposed a profound collapse and erosion in the framework of human rights. Despite the enduring struggles of peoples and nations to establish and uphold these rights, major powers, both capitalist and socialist, vied throughout the twentieth century to showcase their declarations and treaties in local, regional, and international arenas, even amid the darkest phases and twists of the Cold War and its aftermath.

A swift initial assessment of the unfolding events in Gaza reveals alarming statistics, painting a grim picture of the human rights situation. After approximately 200 days since the onset of the war, medical sources in Gaza have reported over 34,000 fatalities, the majority being children and women, along with more than 77,000 others injured. Additionally, hundreds of thousands have been displaced, and the vast majority of residential buildings, universities, and infrastructure lie in ruins. Hospitals have been rendered inoperable, with patients and civilian refugees facing targeted killings in the most brutal manner. These egregious acts constitute a blatant and ongoing violation of fundamental human rights, evident through a relentless series of daily massacres. Meanwhile, the Zionist authorities, backed by their allies, persist in threatening to invade Rafah, posing a grave risk of further casualties and profound human suffering, especially considering the large number of displaced civilians seeking refuge there.

The continuous political, military, intelligence, and technological backing of the Zionist regime and its aggressive agenda against the Palestinian people in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the 1948 territories, along with its unconditional support for autocratic regimes oppressing Arab populations deprived of many basic rights, leads Arabs and Muslims, especially, to regard this human rights framework as mere captivating slogans aimed at manipulation. At best, it is seen as directed solely towards the white man and Western peoples, with little regard for the rest of the world’s populations.

In this context, and from a holistic perspective, the Imam Abdessalam Yassine Foundation for Research and Studies aims to strengthen unity among peoples and nations by welcoming researchers and specialists from diverse nationalities and backgrounds. The goal is to contribute to the examination and dissection of prominent issues and emerging challenges concerning the concept of human rights, encompassing both principle and practice. This entails scrutinizing various rights and freedoms, as well as the context of principle-based obligation within the global political system and international legal and judicial institutions. Furthermore, it involves exploring measures and alliances supportive of the genuine implementation of all treaties and agreements without discrimination, bias, selective enforcement, or exploitation of noble humanitarian principles for colonial or aggressive agendas, both now and in the future.

Conference Topics:

While we welcome all contributions falling under this theme, we provide some suggested topics for consideration as follows:

  • The philosophical foundations of human rights from Western and Islamic perspectives.
  • Human rights, freedoms, and the peculiarities of states and societies.
  • Human rights amidst individual, societal, and utilitarian considerations.
  • The political exploitation of rights and freedoms within the current global system.
  • The international legal framework of human rights and the enforcement dilemma (International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, United Nations, etc.).
  • Discrepancies in Western discourse and practice regarding human rights.
  • The international coalition for safeguarding human rights: experiences and challenges.
  • Human rights in contemporary intellectual projects: comparative approaches.
  • Human rights in the Arab and Islamic worlds: studies and assessments.

Important Dates:

  • Conference Announcement: April 25, 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 30, 2024
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: August 15, 2024
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: December 31, 2024
  • Notification of Papers Acceptance and Required Revisions: February 15, 2025
  • Final Papers Reception Deadline: February 28, 2025
  • Conference Date: April 12 and 13, 2025

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions are accepted in Arabic and other major foreign languages.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and must be accompanied by the researcher’s academic CV within the specified deadline.
  • Research papers should range between 3000 and 6000 words with abstracts in both Arabic and English.
  • Researchers are expected to adhere to academic integrity and recognized scientific research guidelines.
  • All research and studies are subject to evaluation by a scientific committee designated by the foundation.
  • Researchers are obligated to make required revisions to their research if necessary.
  • Articles in Arabic should be formatted in Traditional Arabic font, with a font size of (16) for the main text and (14) for footnotes. For other languages, Times New Roman font should be used, with a font size of (14) for the main text and (12) for footnotes.
  • The finalized and peer-reviewed research will be published in the conference proceedings book.
  • Sources and references should be documented in the following format:
  • Books: The author’s name (first name followed by last name or pseudonym), translator, or editor if applicable, book title, publisher, location, edition, year, volume, and page number should be included.

Example: Abdessalam Yassine, Winning the Modern World for Islam, iKDAM for Publishing and Printing, Istanbul, 3rd edition, 2023, p. 21.

  • Journals: Include the author’s name (first name followed by last name or pseudonym), the article title in double quotation marks, the journal name, volume and/or issue number, publication year, city or country, and page numbers.
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