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Hafez A. Abu-Se’da

Biography

Hafez Abu-Se’da was born on August 29, 1965. He is married to Nehad Abul-Qumsan, a lawyer and director of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights. He is the father of Ayad, three-and-a-half years old.

Abu-Se’da graduated from the Faculty of Law, Cairo University, in 1990. He joined the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights the same year as a member of the fieldwork unit. He later became the assistant manager of the fieldwork unit, and then became the manager of the unit. In 1994, he was promoted to the post of the Executive Director of the EOHR.

In May 1996, Abu-Se’da, along with other activists, established the Group for Democratic Development in response to the irregularities that took place during the 1995 parliamentary elections.

Abu-Se’da also helped establish and run the Arab Network for Democratic Development, a network of 11 NGOs from nine Arab countries. In 1997, he serves on the international mission to monitor the parliamentary elections in Yemen.

In 1993, Abu-Se’da presented a “shadow report” on Egypt to the United Nations Committee Agianst Torture.

In June 1998, the EOHR General Assembly elected Abu Se’da to the EOHR Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees elected him to Secretary General in July.

Abu-Se’da was an active member of the student movement protesting repression of political activity at universities during the 1980s. In 1986, he was arrested, held in preventative detention for 18 months and severely tortured. He has a permanent scar on the left side of his face from this torture. He has had surgery to repair the scar, but it is still visible.


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