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Biography of Souhayr BELHASSEN

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Souhayr BELHASSEN
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Souhayr Belhassen. (b. in 1943)  ,   became the first Arab president of the International Federation for Human Rights on 26 April 2007. She is also the first woman to occupy this post The Tunisian journalist Souhayr Belhassen, aged 63, became the first Arab president of the International Federation for Human Rights on 26 April 2007. She is also the first woman to occupy this post. To mark the occasion, APN talked to Souhayr Belhassen about freedom of expression in the Arab world and her own country, where her writing has not always met with the government's approval. Under President Bourguiba's rule, her biography of this head of state was censured until the advent of Ben Ali. Under the political strongman of Carthage she was forced to go into exile for 5 years. At the end of this period, she returned to Tunisia in 1998 and founded 7 sur 7, a cultural weekly, which was banned the same year it was created. But nothing diminishes the militancy of this lady, who has been vice-president of the Tunisian League for Human Rights since 2000.

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