The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
EOHR elected member of IFEX Council
2 May 1999 The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) was elected member of the Council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) at its annual meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 19-23 April 1999. Hisham Kassem, a member of EOHR's Board of Trusties, attended the meeting as EOHR's representative. The Council of IFEX is renewed every year with the election of three new members for a three-year mandate. This year, EOHR was elected, along with PEN International (UK) and Institute for Press and Society (Peru), among 18 nominated organizations. In the opening speech, IFEX Executive Director, Wayne Sharpe, expressed his appreciation of the role played by the EOHR. He referred to the difficulties faced by the organization last year when its secretary general, Hafez Abu Seada, was arrested and imprisoned for five days, and called for solidarity with the EOHR in the face of these attacks. Also, he welcome EOHR's representative Hisham Kassem, who gave a presentation on the situation of freedom of opinion and expression in Egypt and the Arab World. He dealt specifically with restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression, the right to issue newspapers and the violations to which journalists are exposed. IFEX is an international network concerned with the exchange of information on freedom of opinion and expression issues around the world. The network is run by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and has its headquarters in Toronto, Canada. On 2 February 1997, the EOHR became the only member of IFEX in the Middle East in recognition of its effective role in confronting human rights violations in general, and violations of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in particular.
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