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Hats off to IFEX member the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)! It's the winner of France's 2007 human rights prize, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity", for its work in furthering freedom of expression in the Mediterranean region.

On International Human Rights Day on 10 December, CIHRS was awarded the prize for its activities that promote "freedom of opinion and expression and the dialogue between cultures."

CIHRS, an independent human rights research centre based in Cairo, explores, explains and tries to overcome the difficulties of implementing human rights laws in the Arab world.

Founded in 1988, the prize is awarded by the National Advisory Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) to human rights defenders around the world for their action on the ground. This year, the award was granted to institutions dealing with one of two themes: advancing freedom of expression, or combating human trafficking.

Other winners include the Free Theater of Minsk, which produces plays in Belarus that promote free expression; and Mo Shaping, Li Jingsong and Teng Biao, attorneys for the rights defence movement in China.

For more details on the winners, see:

(18 December 2007)

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