Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights (MFHR)

ECOSOC Status: Special Consultative
Type: NGO working on Drugs
Address: 1 Lycavittou Street.
Athens 106 72
Country: Greece
Region: Europe
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  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Research
Short description:
The MARANGOPOULOS FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (MFHR) came into being in December 1977, when the will of GEORGE N. MARANGOPOULOS, President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece (Council of State), took effect. However, the initial idea for the creation of such a foundation in Greece had developed some ten years earlier out of the bitter experiences of military rule, which was imposed on the Greek people in 1967 and lasted for more than seven long years. Soon after the junta's coup d'Etat in April 1967, State Counsellor (as he then was) G.N. Marangopoulos resigned his office in protest of the junta's gross interference in the administration of justice and in 1973 made his last will and testament bequeathing half of his property to a foundation which would have as its objective the defence and promotion of the generally recognized fundamental human rights and freedoms.

With the restoration of democracy in Greece in 1974, G.N. Marangopoulos became President of the Supreme Administrative Court. He passed away in December 1977, whereupon the MFHR was founded. Presidential Decree No. 560 of 1978 approved the establishment of the Foundation as a non-profit legal entity under Greek law, having its legal seat and secretariat in Athens
MFHR is a non-governmental organization collaborating with various UN and Council of Europe human rights bodies and maintains regular ties and co-operation with similar NGOs in many parts of the world. Since 1991, the Foundation has held the status of observer in the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. In May 1998, the MFHR acquired consultative status with the ECOSOC. The MFHR has also been admitted to the "Official Relations" ("Relations Officielles") with UNESCO. It has a "special relationship" with the United Nations Department of Public Information, New York, and collaborates closely with the UN Information Centre in Athens . Moreover, the President of MFHR Alice Yotopoulos-Marangopoulos was the President of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights since its creation until 2006.
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