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The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) have joined human rights activists from 8 Arab countries to form a network aimed at promoting human rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Forum for Democratic Reform in the Arab Region will serve as an information-exchange network for human rights activists and other civil society groups. Activities will include workshops and conferences that will bring together civil society organizations, journalists, academics and government officials to share expertise on democratic reform. The network will also launch a website containing information and resources relevant to the Arab context.

Founding members of the Forum include the Saudi Center for Human Rights, the Algerian League for Human Rights and the Syria-based Committees for Defending Freedoms and Human Rights. CIHRS will act as the network coordinator. Upcoming plans include the Forum's inaugural meeting, where an executive committee will be elected and a work plan approved.

For more information, contact CIHRS: [email protected]

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