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8/10 Matahaf El-Manyal Street 10th Floor Manyal El Roda Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +202 363 68 11
Fax: +202 362 16 13
General Description
Egyptian Organization for Human Rights was founded in 1985 as one of the oldest and premier non-governmental organization working for the support and defense of human rights in Egypt. EOHR is guided by the principles established in Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all other international human rights instruments.
EOHR monitors the human rights situation in Egypt and defends the rights of Egyptian citizens against human rights violations regardless of the identity or the affiliation of the victim(s) or of the violator(s). It acts against both governmental and non-governmental human rights violations. EOHR reports human rights violations and tries to create a strong popular understanding and support for human rights principles. EOHR urges the authorities to revise all laws that are not in line with international human rights standards and calls upon the government to stop all practices that disregard Egypt′s international commitments as a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other international human rights instruments. EOHR also tries to encourage national and international civil institutions to take steps to stop human rights abuses.
Constitutional Framework
EOHR is registered with the United Nations and has an observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples′ Rights. It is also a member of four organizations that hold a consultative status with the United Nations′ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). These are the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), l′Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT), Federation Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l′Homme (FIDH), and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
EOHR is also the only Middle East based member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) which is run by the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists (CCPJ), a non-profit association of more than 350 Canadian journalists, writers, producers, editors, publishers and interested citizens, in cooperation with the members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange.
Mode of Election
EOHR has a national membership of 2,300 and has seventeen provincial branches located throughout Egypt.
The General Assembly of fee-paying members holds supreme authority in EOHR. A General Assembly meeting is convened once every other year to review and evaluate the organization′s progress and to elect the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body within the EOHR and is led by the Chairman. It is made up of fifteen elected members and up to four other prominent figures in the field of human rights selected by the Board of Trustees itself can be invited to join.
The Executive Board is elected by the Board of Trustees and consists of the Secretary-General, the Treasurer and representatives of the main committees of the organization. The Executive Board, led by the Secretary-General, is responsible for the day by day activities of the EOHR and for any decisions made in the interim period between meetings of the Board of Trustees.
(last updated: 14-November-2002)

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