More on Nadim Houry:
Nadim Houry is Human Rights Watch's senior researcher for Lebanon and Syria and the
director of the Beirut office. He has documented violations of international humanitarian
law during the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. He has also researched human
rights violations affecting vulnerable groups in Lebanon (such as migrant domestic
workers, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees, victims of enforced disappearances and Lebanese
detainees in Syria). His work on Syria focuses mostly on arrests of activists, restrictions
on freedom of expression, trials by the State Security Court and repression of the Kurds.
Prior to joining HRW, Nadim served as Deputy Counsel for the Volcker Commission, where he
spent over a year conducting fact-finding missions in the Middle East to unearth the
facts of the U.N.'s prominent corruption inquiry into the Oil-for-Food Programme. An
attorney by training, Nadim worked as a corporate lawyer for Shearman & Sterling in
New York for the two years prior to his work at the Volcker Commission.
More on Loubna Freih Georges:
Loubna Freih Georges is Human Rights Watch's Europe-based Director
for Strategic Initiatives where she identifies and leads international advocacy
campaigns. Until 2006, Freih Georges was the organizationís main advocate to the
United Nation in Geneva where she founded and ran HRW's presence in Switzerland.
She contributed actively to the UN's Reform Agenda in 2005 that led to the creation
of the Human Rights Council. Since 2000, she has followed human rights crises in
Darfur, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Colombia and Uzbekistan,
and worked closely with Mary Robinson, Sergio Vieira de Mello and Louise Arbour.
Due to her advocacy efforts, an expert monitor on protecting human rights while
countering terrorism was appointed in 2002.
Freih Georges was a Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School where she earned a Masters in
Public Administration in 1999 and she graduated with an MA in Journalism from New
York University in 1994. She is currently working on a campaign to ensure Russia's
accountability in crimes committed against civilians during the two wars in Chechnya
and is writing a memoir of her first years in Iraq where she was born.