Upon an initiative by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights (CIHRS) and in cooperation with the Association for the Defence of Rights and Liberty (ADL), a conference entitled “Towards An Effective Regional Protection of Human Rights: Which Arab Charter on Human Rights?” was organized between June 10-12th 2003 in Beirut, Lebanon.
The conference was held in the context of the decision by the Arab League to devote a special meeting of its Permanent Human Rights Committee during the period June 18-26th 2003 to revise the Arab Human Rights Charter.
Around eighty persons participated in the conference including 36 representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Arab world, 11 international organizations as observers, 15 independent legal and media experts and seven governmental experts and members of parliament. A number of government observers and representatives of the League of Arab States and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights also attended the conference. The conference was supported by the European Union and held in close coordination with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN).