Dr. Abdol-Karim Lahidji was elected president of the FIDH in 2013. He had already been elected to serve as FIDH vice-president for five three-year terms. Born in 1940, Abdol-Karim Lahidji has been a human rights activist since attending Tehran University Law School in the late 1950s. He was arrested and imprisoned twice for publicly defending the right to free expression and political dissent. After 1979, Mr. Lahidji continued his human rights advocacy through public speaking and writing journalistic commentary. But In May 1981, he was forced to go into hiding. In March 1982, he was smuggled out of Iran via Kurdistan and went to France, where is still living today.