Dr. Abdol Karim Lahiji, an Iranian lawyer and a noted human rights activist, was elected Tuesday as president of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). The Paris-based FIDH is a non-governmental federation for human rights organizations. Founded in 1922, FIDH is the oldest international human rights association and today brings together 164 member organizations in over 100 countries.
Lahiji studied law at Tehran University and has been a human rights advocate for over three decades. He lives in Paris, where he founded the Iranian Association for the Defense of Human Rights. He has served as the vice president of FIDH.
After his election as FIDH president, Lahiji called for immediate and unconditional release from prisons of all human rights activists across the world.
File photo: Dr. Abdol Karim Lahiji (RFE/RL)