Arab Program for Human Rights Activities
The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists (APHRA) was established in the beginning of 1997 as a civil non-profit corporation in response to the multitude of violations of the basic human rights and freedoms of the great majority of human rights activists and advocates in the Arab region. Due to their belief in the principles and values of human rights, their advocacy activities, and their heroic defense of human rights, those people were exposed to severe cruelties. This situation was aggravated by the lack of an Arab mechanism dedicated to advocating human rights activists, advancing their issues and solving their problems. The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists was, therefore, launched as a vehicle for continuous, collective dialogue on the problems, needs and aspirations of human rights activists in the Arab world. In October 2003 the Arab Program for Human Rights Activists was legally redefined as a non-governmental organization in accordance with the law number 84 issued in 2002 for organizing NGOs in Egypt.