Dr. Karim Lahidji, FIDH President, promoted in National Order of the Legion of Honour by François Hollande

FIDH Presidents promoted in National Order of the Legion of Honour by François Hollande

FIDH Presidents promoted in National Order of the Legion of Honour by François Hollande

FIDH Presidents promoted in National Order of the Legion of Honour by François Hollande

Karim Lahidji, FIDH President, Sidiki Kaba and Michel Blum, both FIDH Honorary Presidents have been promoted in the National Order of the Legion of Honour today, Friday 6 November 2015, by President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace.

During the ceremony, President Hollande emphasised the courage of human rights defenders who risk their lives daily, and who are represented by FIDH, Worldwide Movement for Human Rights with its 178 member organisations throughout the world. The French President stressed the need for French diplomacy to participate in the protection of human rights defenders and promised to take advantage of all opportunities to do so.

For the three recipients, this ceremony was first and foremost a tribute to the FIDH movement and to all human rights defenders. They drew the president’s attention to the dozens of cases of defenders who are arbitrarily detained throughout the world, in particular in Azerbaijan, Iran, Egypt and Angola. They moreover stressed the importance of systematically involving the French diplomacy to obtain their release, and also more generally for the protection of the defenders and of freedom to stand up for universal rights.

The recipients:

- Michel Blum, French lawyer, FIDH President from 1983 to 1986, was promoted to the rank of Grand Officer.

- Sidiki Kaba, Senegalese lawyer, Minister of Justice of Senegal, FIDH President from 2001 to 2007, was promoted to the rank of Commander.

- Karim Lahidji, Iranian lawyer, FIDH President since 2013, was promoted to the rank of Knight.

Souhayr Belhassen and Patrick Baudouin who presided over FIDH from 2007 to 2013 and from 1995 to 2001 respectively were recently promoted in the National Order of the Legion of Honour by François Hollande.

Source: https://www.fidh.org/en/region/europe-central-asia/france/fidh-presidents-promoted-in-national-order-of-the-legion-of-honour-by

About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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