Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD)

What is FDHRD?
register no.6337/ 2005 Maddi- Cairo - Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) is a non-profit non-governmental organization. The executive regulations of FDHRD is subject to Law No. 84 of 2002 on NGOs and private enterprises.

The FDHRD is established with a view to contributing to the civil efforts aiming at affecting positive changes in the society and the media in order to develop the political, social and cultural aspects in the society. FDHRD believes that development and human rights complement each other. There would be no development with the lack of legislations and laws that equalize among the individuals in a certain society. Likewise, there would be no development in the absence of the guarantees of the freedom of opinion and expression. Human rights, in turn, prospers in case development efforts succeed in eliminating poverty, realizing economic and social equality among individuals and increasing their awareness of the rights and how to claim such rights.

Accordingly, FDHRD activities would tackle entrenching participation, with respect to political development. As for cultural development, FDHRD will work on improving the set of values in order to disseminate the culture of diversity and acceptance of the other. Regarding economic and social development i.e. increasing opportunities of economic independence, in order to create a society including empowered citizens qualified for political, cultural and social participation in the modernization efforts. Hence, the whole society would benefit from the outcomes of modernization, unlike the status quo where a small bracket of the society interact with the rest of the society and the outside world. However, the vast majority of the citizens surrender to being marginalized and inability to participate in the societal affairs.

Therefore, FDHRD is an initiative for addressing the grass roots to turn the majority of the inactive citizens into being positive, active and qualified for political, societal and cultural participation.

Furthermore, FDHRD addresses the elite in order to push the intellectual system towards the culture of development and human rights and widening the scope of citizen participation.

FDHRD Objectives:
    - Working on the enhancement of freedom of expression allowing the freedom of access to, dissemination and transfer of information and ideas by all means and in accordance with the human rights instruments.

    - Enhancing the improvement of the intellectual system towards promotion of the culture of diversity and acceptance of the other.

    - Disseminating the culture of citizenship identifying all rights and duties and the necessity of eliminating all forms of discrimination based on sex or religion.

    - Disseminating civil culture through establishing a media group working on the enhancement of intellectual enlightenment and ethical diversity to counter the violence media and political, religious and humanitarian incitement.

    - Entrenching citizen participation in managing the local affairs and increasing the awareness of participation in decision making.

    - Working on the improvement of the legislative structure hindering the citizens from their right to know.
FDHRD programs:
First: Freedom of opinion and expression program
The program primarily aims at adopting a number of wide range activities with a view to defending the freedom of opinion, expression, thought and belief. The program will monitor and document all violations of such right and dissemination of such documentation to avoid the negative implications undermining the right to freedom of opinion, expression and belief as per the international human rights instruments. Moreover, the program will try to defend the available freedom in this respect through adopting a number of dialogues with the elites with their various inclinations and the public on the current issues of political, social or economic significance. The said dialogues aim at entrenching the values and principles of democratic dialogue in an objective manner believing in the right to differ. In addition, attempting to set methodological mechanisms for settling intellectual conflicts peacefully away from violent debates and sedition. The program will provide channels for direct interaction between the elites and the target groups to exchange opinions and ideas on the various issues to be tackled by FDHRD in its various programs and activities.

Second: Media and citizens program (Partners in one nation):
There are two levels of political participation namely in high and low politics. High politics mean participation in decision making on the national level, while low politics refer to decision making on a daily basis on the local level as a definite society.

In this respect, the program aims at encouraging the citizens to exercise the right of citizenship on the local level and participation in the daily affairs in order to achieve the following:

Attraction of citizens for creating correlation with the local reality.

Local integration and cooperation enabling the individuals to fulfill their economic, political and psychological needs necessary for their welfare.

Incitement of the sense of belonging and loyalty to their region as a first step towards getting integrated in the national affairs.

Third: Developmental media program:
The media plays a key role in changing inclinations and individual values. Moreover, the media might have a role to assist development or hinder it. Hence, it is imperative to target the media persons to enable them to be leaders and on top of the claimers of political and cultural development. In this respect, FDHRD will adopt the following:

Package of training programs for the media persons to enhance their abilities in the fields of citizenship - combating violence and discrimination and disseminating the culture of variation and difference.
media monitor to document and analyze the content of the mass media regarding the negative trends and values and the main issues significant to the recipients in addition to issuing periodical reports to the same effect.
Legal assistance of the media persons in case they are abused or harassed due to their mission.
Working, through the media, on forming a public opinion to the side of women's rights.
calling for changing the negative inclinations and ideas prevalent on the role and status of women.

FDHRD Organizational Chart:
Board of Trustees:
Said Abdel Hafez
FDHRD Director
Tarek Mostafa
Secretary General
Mohamed Darwish
FDHRD is not affiliated with any Arab or international organization negatively influencing on the programs and activities adopted by FDHRD.

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