The UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy was established in An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine in 1997. This was done in the framework of the UNESCO UNITWIN (University Twinning and Networking) Programme of UNESCO.
A number of UNESCO Chairs were created in different parts of the world for the purpose of developing researches and academic programs in certain fields, as well as enhancing communication and strengthening ties with local and international academic communities, civil society, local communities, and decision-makers. The UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy is one of seven scientific research centers in An-Najah National University. The UNESCO Chair aims to enhance and develop education and human rights, participate in human rights-related researches, and call for the provision of support and resources to the local community.