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Non-governmental organizations in Egypt

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*The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

It was established in 1985 aiming to enhance human rights in Egypt based on principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international legislations of human rights.
The organization monitors cases of human rights in Egypt ,defends rights of citizens and challenges violations of human rights regardless of identities of victims or violators. It also prepares reports on human rights violations and supports principles of human rights. The organization has nearly 2300 members and 17 offices in Egypt’s governorates.

For more information, please contact:
Website: www.eohr.org.eg

* Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is an independent regional non-governmental organization founded in 1993. It aims at promoting respect for the principles of human rights and democracy, analyzing the difficulties facing the application of International Human Rights Law and disseminating Human Rights Culture in the Arab Region as well as engaging in dialogue between cultures in respect to the various International Human Rights treaties and Declarations. CIHRS seeks to attain this objective through the developing, proposing and promoting policies, legislations and Constitutional amendments. CIHRS works on human rights advocacy in national, regional and international human rights mechanisms, research and human rights education -both for youth and ongoing professional development for Human Rights Defenders. CIHRS is a major publisher of information, a magazine, an academic quarterly, and scores of books concerning human rights.

A key part of CIHRS’ mandate is to help shape the understanding of the most pressing human rights issues within the region and then to coordinate and mobilize the key players and NGOs from across the Arab world to work together to raise the public awareness about these issues and to reach solutions in line with the international human rights law.

CIHRS enjoys consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC, and observer status in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. CIHRS is also a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX).

For more information, please contact:
Website: www.cihrs.org

* The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights

The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) is an independent body that aims to support Egypt’s women in struggle for obtaining full rights and achieving equality with men. It faces all forms of discrimination against women.

ECWR pays a special attention to develop awareness of women and their participation in the public life as a voter and nominee, and their legal awareness through simplifying the legal concepts, providing legal assistances including legal consultations on different issues and problems in face of women in their daily life or through lodging lawsuits in defense of women.

For more information, please contact:
Website: www.ecwronline.org

* The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP)

The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) was established in Cairo, 1997. It is a non-governmental institution that works to reinforce and support the status of justice in the Arab regions, an independence of the judiciary, the legal profession and the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The center is in a consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2000.

For more information, please contact:
Website: www.acijlp.org

* The Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs

The Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) was established in 1999. It is an independent body that aims at discussing foreign issues which have direct or indirect relation with the Egyptian national interests. The council was set up by a group of diplomats, academics, professionals, military experts and businessmen, who agree on the need to invigorate and stimulate the profound and far reaching interaction between Egypt and its regional and international environment as the world steps into the twenty-first century in a climate of unprecedented and fast breaking events.

For more information, please contact:
Website: www.ecfa-egeypt.org

* The Land Center for Human Rights

The Land Center for Human Rights (LCHR) was established for defending issues of Egyptian farmers and countryside from a human rights perspective. It aims to improve the agrarian laborers’ economic and social conditions in rural Egypt, develop and provoke the rural citizens’ minds about the human rights’ culture and about their own rights, encourage mutual work between NGOs to enforce values such as democracy, human rights, economic ,social and cultural rights. The center also aims at exposing the real needs of the poor categories in Egypt and enabling these categories in the decision making process.

LCHR assumes missions in defense of farmers and laborers in agriculture due to the conditions of permanent and temporary agrarian laborers resulted from the absence of legal organization, defending the agronomical environment against the hazards of pollution and alerting the farmers with this issue. The center also provides legal aid to the farmers’ associations, unions and syndicates.

For more information, please contact:
Website: www.lchr-eg.org

*Human Rights Capacity Building Project in Egypt "BENAA"


The project "BENAA" is launched with the aim of increasing human rights awareness and capacity building in Egypt in accordance with the agreement signed in July 2005 between UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).


"BENAA" seeks to consolidate respect of human rights and of the basic freedoms enshrined in international covenants and in the Egyptian Constitution with special emphasis on building the capacities of government institutions and of civil society organizations.


The purpose of the training activities carried out by the Project is to familiarize Egyptians (at least 10% of the targeted community of Human Rights practitioners) with international standards on Human Rights and Egypt's treaty commitments and to provide educational materials so that officials and opinion leaders can disseminate this information and, when appropriate, include it in their own awareness and capacity building activities.

Description of Range of Project
The main target beneficiaries of the project are:

- Police officers
- Judges
- Parliamentarians
- Teachers at the Ministry of Education
- Universities
- Media Personnel (Private and public).


1- Hold seminars to train law enforcement personnel public prosecutors judges media personnel (private and public) teachers at the Ministry of Education lawyers (female lawyers) parliamentarians; and CSOs

2-  Assist in the curriculum development of Egyptian universities to include various human rights issues

3- Conduct dialogue with CSOs on human rights issues and promote public awareness

4- Launch a website in Arabic and English to increase awareness of human rights issues.

Scope of Work

-Training seminars
-Field visits
- Publications
- Festivals.

Training seminars

"BENAA" has held a number of training courses and workshops to benefit:

Police officers: Central Security Forces, and Prison Sector

The Justice Sector: Public Prosecutors and Family Courts.

Parliamentarians: Officers of the People's Assembly and Shura Council.

The Education Sector: Students, teachers and educationalists.

The Media Sector: the Union of Radio and Television; the Supreme Council of Journalism.

Civil Society Organizations: NGOs and human activists.

Field visits

Scholarships have been provided for a chosen few by the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Toronto, Italy. The selection is based their effective contributions to at-home training seminars.


"BENAA" published several magazines and periodicals on human rights issues in the period from 2002 – 2008


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