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Responding to the controversy over the Danish cartoons that depicted the Prophet Mohammed, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) has published a book entitled "Religion and Freedom of Expression: Freedom-Related Problems in Different Societies".

Along with trying to encourage dialogue between Egyptian and Danish journalists in the aftermath of the "Danish caricature crisis," the book also considers free expression in Egypt and the role of the country's courts, as well as the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR). It also includes the first Arabic guide on how the European Convention on Human Rights's Article 10 on freedom of expression should be implemented, and a paper by the Danish Institute for Human Rights on free expression and contempt of religion in Danish law.

The book, with contributions from academics, human rights activists, poets, journalists, writers and judges, is the outcome of a six-month program on freedom of expression across cultures initiated by CIHRS and implemented with the Denmark-based International Media Support, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, ARTICLE 19, the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies.

"Religion and Freedom of Expression: Freedom-Related Problems in Different Societies" is available in Arabic; an English summary of the book is available on CIHRS's website. Contact CIHRS at: [email protected] or visit:

(17 July 2007)

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