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We believe in the inherent dignity of all human beings, independent of religious, ethnic, social, sexual, or political background. We believe everyone has the right to live in an enabling environment that protects their full potential, and which is free from fear, discrimination, violence, retaliation, and censorship of the mind. We long to see the cultural diversity of the Arab world flourish amidst a constructive and tolerant debate about ideas, rather than sinking into hatred and violence. We want to mobilise the valuable resources of the region, which is one of the world’s most culturally and religiously diverse, and whose population is one of the most youthful in the world. We believe that human dignity will only be respected through the development of inclusive, participatory, liberal, secular, and democratic systems, as well as independent judiciary systems.
We seek to support the transition from authoritarianism towards a sincere human rights revolution. We strongly believe in the universality of human rights – notions that are too often undermined, politicised, and instrumentalised to facilitate the narrow interests of national and international political agents, often to the detriment of those groups and individuals who actively strive to improve people’s lives on the ground. We hope to give such people a voice, and empower them to effect change from within their communities. We wish to support movements driven through art, literature, and sport, recognising these as unifying vehicles that have the capacity to deliver the message of human rights and in the knowledge that images and words are mightier than guns and bombs. This initiative’s overall success will be measured across generations rather than through quantifiable years; but a journey of a hundred miles begins with a single step.
Our mission is to create a productive breeding ground on which to promote critical thinking and non-violent communication in order to overcome religious and political extremism and ignorance. The AHRA is committed to becoming a platform for debate as well as a bridge between cultures. It aims to promote the universal acceptance and applicability of human rights discourse to serve and honour the distinct diversity of the Arab people. We seek to achieve this mission through the adoption of an integrated approach that encompasses academic education, cultural and media awareness programmes, art, research and publications, campaigning and advocacy, and interfaith and intercultural dialogue.