It’s Time for a Serious Dialogue Between Broadminded Military Figures, Seculars and Islamists

In Statements and Position Papers by CIHRS

Bahey eldin Hassan Inaugurates the Homo Homini Human Rights Award Ceremony and the 21st One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and in Prague

227Bahey El Din Hassan, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, called for launching a serious dialogue between broadminded figures from the military, seculars, and Islamists, in light of the collapse that has hit several Arab countries (Syria, Libya, Yemen), and began looming over other countries such as Egypt. Hassan stated  “The Arab Spring symbolizes more than a fight between the militaries, liberals, leftists, and Islamists. … [it’s] a rebellion by a new generation that has grown frustrated with the status quo; a generation that aspires to catch up with the rest of the world, to implement universal values and experience life and live it just as the rest of humanity does.”

Hassan delivered the keynote speech at the Homo Homini Award ceremony and the opening ceremony of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague.

The Homo Homini Award is an international annual human rights award, given to individuals or groups who contribute to the promotion of human rights, democracy, and non-violent resolution of conflicts. The award is given by the Czech-based People in Need international non-governmental organization.

This year’s award was given to a group of 11 former Cuban political prisoners who were arrested in a crackdown on journalists, human rights and political activists in Cuba in 2003.  The award was presented at the opening of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, which sheds light on contemporary topics including migration, minority rights, and the environment.

Hassan will hold today (Tuesday 8 March) meetings with the Czech deputy minister of foreign affairs as well as the chair of the Human Rights committee in the Czech parliament.

The text of the speech:

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