Pierre Esperance elected Secretary General of International Federation for Human Rights

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the world's oldest organization advocating human rights on an international scale has elected its first Haitian Secretary General. Established in 1922 and comprised of well over a hundred nations, the FIDH, at their recent meeting in Istanbul, Turkey endeavored to select a fresh International Bureau.


From their efforts, Pierre Esperance was inducted onto the new board along with other secretary generals, Paul Nsapu, who represents the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dan Van Raemdonck, who represents Belgium, Moroccon representive, Amina Bouyach and Debbie Stothard, representing Burma. Esperence also acts as the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights' (RNDDH) head in his home country.

Making the list of other firsts for the federation, the organization of over 178 countries, since its recent 38th congress in which they jumped from 164 countries to the present number, recently also elected their first Iranian President, Karim Lahidji. Lahidji's ascension to the FIDH head comes after the six year lead of Belhassen, and is a considerable accolade for war-ravaged Iran.

In a statement lately made by FIDH's President, Lahidji expressed how great an honor he deemed his election. He took the mantle with alacrity, declaring that his first official message was to the world's defenders of human rights who are 'arbitrarily detained'. He also stated that the federation would work unflaggingly towards the release of those imprisoned.

The FIDH, at their 38th congress meeting assumed 26 resolutions concerning Cuba, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, Mali and Russia, among others. They also took the time to plan the organization's direction for the coming three years.

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