Heba Morayef

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Biographical Information

Heba Morayef, is a Human Rights Watch "researcher in the Middle East and North Africa division, investigates human rights abuses in Egypt and Libya. She produces detailed reports, news releases and op-eds based on her findings and conducts local and international advocacy. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Morayef worked at Amnesty International's international secretariat in London as campaigner on Libya and Tunisia. She has also worked as an attaché in the humanitarian diplomacy unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross headquarters in Geneva, as Middle East program officer at Article 19 in London, and at UNDP's Human Rights Capacity Building Project in Cairo. Morayef holds a bachelor's degree in political science with a specialization in public international law from the American University in Cairo and a degree in public international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks English, Arabic, French, and German."[1]

"Work on Him Until He Confesses"

She is the primary author of the HRW report “Work on Him Until He Confesses”: Impunity for Torture in Egypt, which was published on January 30, 2011. The acknowledgments for this report note:

"Heba Morayef, researcher with Human Rights Watch, researched and wrote this report. Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division, and Iain Levine and Danielle Haas from the Program Office, edited the report. Aisling Reidy, Senior Legal Advisor, provided legal review. Amr Khairy, Arabic translation and website coordinator with the MENA Division of Human Rights Watch supervised translation of this report into Arabic. David Segall, associate with the Middle East and North Africa Division provided production assistance. Omar Sabry and Manar Mohsen, interns in the MENA division, provided research assistance. Grace Choi, publications director, and Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager, prepared the report for publication. We would also like to acknowledge the research conducted in 2001 on the role of the niyaba by Anna Wuerth, at the time a Fellow in the Middle East and North Africa division."

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  1. Heba Morayef, Human Rights Watch, accessed February 15, 2011.