Neil Hicks is Senior Director for Advocacy at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (@CIHRS_en), based in Tunis. He has over 35 years experience working for human rights organizations, including Amnesty International in London and Human Rights First in New York, where he worked for 27 years in a variety of positions, including as the founding director of the Human Rights Defenders Program. He has published op-eds on human rights themes in many major publications, including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times as well as Defense One, Middle East Mirror and others. He has published articles in Richard Ashby Wilson (ed.) “Human Rights in the ‘War on Terror'”, Cambridge University Press, 2005; Anthony Chase and Amr Hamzawy (eds.) “Human Rights in the Arab World” University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006; in Human Rights Quarterly; and in The Review of Faith and International Affairs, among others. In 2000-2001, he was a Jennings Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington D.C.