EOHR concludes its first training session

August 9th, 2020 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) concluded its first remote training session which took place over two days under the title Human Rights Principles and monitoring mechanisms of the electoral process. This comes within the context of EOHR’s keenness on monitoring and observing elections and building a new generation of human rights defenders from among its members in different governorates.

Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR gave the opening lecture in which he introduced EOHR and explained the creation and development of International Human Rights Law.

During his lecture Abu Seada said that EOHR was established in 1985 as a branch of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and he explained the nature of EOHR’s work and underlined its achievements. Abu Seada stressed that EOHR is not affiliated with any opposition group and that its only concerned with the interests of all citizens from a human rights perspective.

The second speaker was Mr. Mohamed Osman EOHR’s former International Relations coordinator and one of its active members. Mr. Osman explained the historical evolution of modern human rights concepts and how it reached its current shape and form. Osman also explained the difference between declarations and treaties and how do they become domestic law.

The third speaker was Mr. Tarek Zaghloul the executive director of EOHR. Zaghloul reaffirmed the importance of the role of civil society organizations in monitoring the electoral process. He added that NGOs submit all the violations they documented to the election authority and further explained the role NGO observers and how they should go about their activities in accordance with laws and regulations.

The fourth Speaker was Mr. Mohamed Mahmoud, an active member of EOHR and its former head of the field work unit. Mr. Mahmoud discussed the law on the exercise of political rights and the establishment of the National Elections Authority and the nature of its relations with civil society.

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