The board of trustees of the regional office of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Tunis decided to make terrorism and human rights a permanent item on its agenda for meetings. This came after a talk by CIHRS director Bahey eldin Hassan, during the second meeting of the board of trustees, on growing terrorist activity in the Arab region and the world.
The board of trustees is comprised of 12 prominent Tunisian civil society leaders and the CIHRS-Tunis office’s legal advisor. They include Johar Ben Mubarak, the general coordinator of the Our Constitution network; Khadija Cherif, the former head of the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women; Khamis Chamari, the former Tunisian ambassador to UNESCO and the former deputy to the president of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights; Rami al-Salhi, the director of the main Morocco office of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network; Souhayr Belhassen, journalist and honorary president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH); Slaheddine Jourchi, well-known thinker and former deputy to the president of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights; Abddel Sattar Ben Moussa, lawyer and current president of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights; Ayachi Hammami, lawyer and member of the board of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights; Kacem Afaya, a well-known trade union leader; Kalthoum Kennou, judge and director of the International Commission of Jurists bureau in Tunisia; Kamal Jendoubi, former elected president of the independent commission for the administration of elections in Tunisia after the revolution and the founding head of the Committee for the Respect of Rights and Liberties in Tunisia; Mukhtar Tarifi, lawyer and former president of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights; and Musaad al-Ramadani, the current deputy to the president of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights and the legal advisor for CIHRS-Tunis.
The CIHRS regional office officially began operating in Tunisia on December 10, 2014, seeking to support advocacy and engagement with the rights movement in the Arab world on regional and international rights issues.
The new CIHRS office was inaugurated with two activities underscoring its regional nature. The first was a regional training workshop carried out jointly with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Focusing on international instruments and conventions for the protection of human rights, the three-week workshop was attended by representatives of several rights organizations from six Arab countries: Lebanon, Yemen, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia. The second activity was the first meeting of the regional office’s board of trustees.
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