Hossam Bahgat is the founder and director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), a Cairo-based independent human rights organization which seeks to protect and promote the personal rights and freedoms of individuals and communities. Since 2002, the EIPR has used research, advocacy and litigation to promote and defend the rights to privacy, religious freedom, health, and bodily integrity.
An outspoken critic of the Mubarak government’s violations of basic rights, Bahgat played a prominent role as revolution swept Egypt in January and February 2011. Since then, the EIPR has expanded its scope of work to include transitional justice, the protection of civil liberties and political rights, the promotion of economic and social justice and reform of the criminal justice system.
With training in political science and international human rights law, Bahgat is also a board member of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Global Human Rights. Bahgat is the recipient of 2010 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism from Human Rights Watch.