Egyptian Center for Civil and Legislative Reform (ECCLR)
The Egyptian Center for Civil and Legislative Reform (ECCLR) is a civil and non-profit organization based in Giza, Egypt that was formed in 2009 by a group of human rights defenders from different backgrounds who had participated in promoting the culture of human rights and its mechanisms within Egyptian society by working with different local and regional NGOs. ECCLR believes that a democratic society can accommodate all human beings, fulfill their basic needs, preserve their political and economic rights, and allow groups to organize and exercise their common interests and manage public resources for the benefit of their local communities. ECCLR works with local communities with an aim to empower citizens and protect and demand their economic and social rights.
ECCLR uses the concept of the “Right to the City” as a vision and platform for action to activate the value of participatory democracy in local communities, and to emphasize the right of inhabitants to participate in the allocation and management of public resources and monitoring the performance of executive authorities. ECCLR provides technical and human rights support to local communities and NGOs, in addition to organizing efforts and local initiatives to enhance participation in decision-making concerning the allocation and management of public resources in the community. ECCLR’s work focuses on indigenous peoples, marginalized populations, and the most vulnerable groups in Egyptian society.