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Fateh Azzam

Chair, Arab Human Rights Fund, Beirut

Fateh Azzam is a researcher, human rights consultant and visiting fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Relations at the American University in Beirut, and at Lund University College Research Centre in Sweden. He served as regional representative for the Middle East for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2006 until 2012. Previously, he was director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program at the American University in Cairo, program officer for human rights at the Ford Foundation's Offices in Lagos and Cairo, and director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq. Mr. Azzam led the process of establishing the Arab Human Rights Fund and serves as chairman of its board of directors. He has served on the boards of several Palestinian, Arab and international human rights organizations. Mr. Azzam holds an LL.M. in international human rights law from the University of Essex, UK. and has authored numerous articles and studies on human rights, which appeared in Human Rights Quarterly, Arab Journal for Human Rights, Riwaq 'Arabi, Al-Mustaqbal, Nordic Journal of International Law, and Sur International Journal on Human Rights.