The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) has been awarded the French Republic Human Rights Award for the year 2007. CIHRS was awarded the prize in recognition of its activities in the domain of “freedom of opinion and expression and the dialogue between cultures.” Mr. Bahey El Din Hassan, Director of CIHRS, accepted the award in a special celebration organized by the French government on December 10th, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day. Rama Yade, French State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, delivered the award.
The award, “Freedom – Equality- Fraternity,” is offered annually by the National Advisory Commission for Human rights, to honor field activities and projects dealing with the protection and effective promotion of human rights, in line with the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The award covers one or two subjects every year regarding the protection of human rights. This year, the award was granted to institutions active in combating the slave trade and those promoting freedom of opinion, expression, and communication. Three foundations and five human rights activists from five states won the award, namely: Egypt, China, Haiti, Benin, and Belarus.
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