Established in 1983 as an international non-governmental and not-for-profit. The goal is promoting respect for human rights in the Arab arena. She holds a consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and the recipe organizational relationships UNESCO World, and observer status of bodies competent at the Arab League and the African Union.
It based on Cairo under an agreement signed with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, and includes 22 branches and founder member of the Arab states, including three branches in European countries to serve the Arab communities in the Diaspora. As well as the Institute for Training and Research and Documentation in the field of human rights in Tunisia participated in the establishing in 1989, and won the UNESCO World Award in the field of human rights education.
Its basic authority is international law of human rights, and the values derived from the heavenly religions and national constitutions, and abide by legal means in the performance of its functions.
Its main and interior system based on independence and democracy, it is independent of governments and parties, and freeze the membership of its members leaders who hold ministerial responsibilities or partisan until the end of their term of government or party. . And its General Assembly held periodic elections to their posts leadership and internal organs. And trading on retaining their positions of leadership since its inception four heads of the board of trustees, and three trustees two years, and its interior completely renewed.
rely on funding in membership fees and contributions, and its system prohibits to receive aid from the government, and did not get any foreign funding, and its finances are subject to four levels of internal controls, as well as audited by the Office of Dr. Abdel Aziz Hegazi.
Organization regularly issued annual reports, and a monthly newsletter, and data media, books and studies in the field of competence. And regulate Arab and international conferences in the field of competence, is also involved in training programs at both the governmental and non-governmental sectors in various Arab countries, is also involved in-depth interviews with most of the Arab governments on ways to promote human rights and send a fact-finding missions in crisis areas .