5 July 2012

Egypt: A Memo From the Forum of Independent Egyptian NGOs to the President of the Republic

press release

A priority to Human Rights in 100 Days

In a press conference on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 the Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organizations launched a memorandum outlining the president-elect's most important priorities for human rights in his first 100 days in office. The Forum, which includes 17 different human rights NGOs, had sent a memorandum to President Mohamed Morsi on Monday evening delineating the most important steps which must be taken to improve Egypt's human rights condition and which they believed were missing from the President's strategies and statements. The conference was attended by members of the Forum including Bahey eldin Hassan, Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Magdy Abdel Hamid, President of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement, Emad Mubarak, Director of the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and Gasser Abdel-Razek, Associate Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

This press conference is the first of several activities organized under the "Our Rights in 100 Days" campaign which was also launched by the Forum on Wednesday. The campaign's primary objective is to monitor the President's commitment to human rights in the first 100 days after his election and it will include conferences, lectures, press-releases and other activities which will be announced accordingly.

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