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Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, the activist whose reports on human rights violations in Egypt have landed him a seven-year jail sentence, was honoured yesterday with Freedom House's inaugural Bette Bao Lord Award for Writing on Freedom. At a 21 October ceremony in Washington, D.C., Freedom House Chairman Emeritus, Bette Bao Lord, praised Ibrahim for his "deep commitment to human rights in Egypt and his selfless refusal to compromise."

Ibrahim heads the Ibn Khaldun Foundation, an organisation which documents human-rights violations and electoral fraud in Egypt. He was convicted for "damaging Egypt's image" by accepting European Union funds to run an electoral-awareness project in 2000. Ibrahim has written numerous articles and essays on democratic development, human rights and economic justice [See
IFEX "Communiqué"#11-6].

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