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Organizations & Initiatives

  • Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies

    Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-violence Studies (AITAS) is an independent research institution established in 2004. AITAS works in Egypt and the MENA region to strengthen the values of tolerance and eliminate all forms of discrimination. AITAS is inspired by the “Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.” They want to fight cultural, racial, sexual, political and religious intolerance and violence caused by ignorance and oppression of the basic human rights in Egyptian society. They aim to do this through advocacy and legal aid, elections and democratic movements, human rights education, media monitoring, and alternative media programs.

  • Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR)

    The Arab Institute for Human Rights is an independent Arab non-governmental organization based in Tunisia.The Arab Institute for Human Rights aims to promote a culture of civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international conventions, and to strengthen the values of democracy and citizenship.They seek to do this through training, education, research, utilizing media resources, strengthening civil society, providing expertise, facilitating the exchange of information, and promoting the culture of women’s and children’s rights.

  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)

    Founded in 1993, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is an independent regional non-governmental organization which aims to promote respect for the principles of human rights and democracy in the Arab region. For this purpose, CIHRS focuses on analyzing the difficulties facing the application of international human rights law, disseminating a culture of respect for human rights in the region, and engaging in dialogue between cultures regarding the various international human rights treaties and declarations. CIHRS further seeks to attain this objective by developing, proposing, and promoting changes to policy and practice in the Arab region in order to bring them in line with international human rights standards. In addition, CIHRS conducts human rights advocacy at national, regional, and international human rights mechanisms, carries out research, and provides human rights education, both for youth and for established human rights defenders seeking ongoing professional development.

  • Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE)

    The Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization Working actively in building capacities of a number of organizations, networks and coalitions that are the most active in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform of Action, and also in different activities of the civil society on the national, regional and international levels. This is done through four programs: Democracy Development, Gender Equality, Human Rights Education, and Workers and Trade Unions.

  • Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR)

    The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) is an independent, non-partisan and non-governmental organization. The Center is dedicated to supporting women in their struggle to research her full rights and establish gender equality. ECWR works on eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and urging legislative authorities to reconsider all legislation opposing women-related international agreements. To achieve all the aforementioned issues, they follow a comprehensive methodology using law as a foundation to achieve an actual progress in women rights field, work on changing trends and raise people’s awareness. Therefore, they aim at concerting efforts of governmental bodies, media means and civil society in order to ensure women access to justice and human rights.

  • Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)

    The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights has been working since 2002 to strengthen and protect basic rights and freedoms in Egypt, through research, advocacy and supporting litigation in the fields of civil liberties, economic and social rights, and criminal justice. Their programs include Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Economic and Social Justice, and Democracy and Political Rights.

  • Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR)

    The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) was founded in 1985 and is now considered one of the oldest and most professional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt. EOHR is a non-profit NGO working within the framework of the principles established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments regardless of the identity or affiliation of the victim(s) or violator(s). It acts against both governmental and non-governmental human rights violations. In its fight for human rights, EOHR sends fact-finding missions, issues urgent appeals and press releases, raises awareness on human rights issues, and contacts various government and non-government organizations to take action.

  • Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association (EARLA)

    EARLA provides legal technical assistance to the legal reform community in Egypt. This community encompasses lawyers, judges, scholars, practitioners, civil society actors, and non-profit organizations invested in promoting the rule of law in Egypt. EARLA works to improve government transparency and accountability, as well as protect media and citizen access to information through the reform of substantive law, legal and administrative processes, and administration of justice. EARLA works closely with its Egyptian partners on the ground to develop structural reforms of relevant laws and procedures that are accessible, fair, and efficient. Ultimately, EARLA strives to facilitate reform focused on the protection of fundamental freedoms and the growth of meaningful democracy in Egypt. - See more at:

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