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Foundation Launches Middle East Campaign For Human Rights

July 25, 2005

International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance Executive Director Ashleigh Prince arrived in the Middle East this week to launch the Foundation's campaign for human rights there. Flyers containing Hebrew and Arabic translations of an abridged version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights are being presented as a public service in Israel and Palestine, as the first actions of the campaign. Making the Declaration known, on a grassroots level and to governmental, religious, and cultural leaders worldwide, is a key international Foundation program. The Foundation's human rights education programs help individuals learn and apply the Declaration to bring about a peaceful and secure society.

Recent college graduate Zeina Hamad of Palestine is working in coordination with the Foundation to meet the urgent demand for fast and effective human rights education in the Middle East. Zeina traveled to New York City in 2004 as the Palestinian Delegate to the ground-breaking Youth Summit held at UNICEF, an event co-sponsored by the Foundation. Coordinating with the other delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, India, Israel, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States, she recognized the vital need for human rights education on an international scale.

Zeina Hamad is a force to be reckoned with in her work with the Foundation thus far, determined to bring the Know Your Human Rights booklets to the people of the Middle East -- people of all nationalities, religions, ages, and cultural backgrounds.

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