The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR) and International Politics magazine held a conference in Cairo from July 5th to 7th on priorities and mechanisms of reform in the Arab world. Some 100 participants from 15 Arab countries attended the conference.
The conference discussed international reform initiatives in the Arab world and the achievements of the three recently convened international summits of the G8, EU – US, and NATO last June. It also discussed the Alexandria Document and the “Second Independence” initiative for political reform in the Arab world, and in particular what came out of the Arab League Summit in relation to reform, and the negative assessment by Arab human rights associations’ of the results of the Summit. In addition, the conference discussed visions and priorities of political reform in eight Arab countries: Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Algeria, with particular attention paid to Morocco’s experience in reform.
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