Event: “Civil Society Under Fire: Recent Wave of Arrests in Egypt”

Voices from the Ground: Speakers Series on the Current Situation in Egypt “Civil Society Under Fire: Recent Wave of Arrests in Egypt”.

Lunch Speaker Event hosted and moderated by MEP Dr. Franziska Brantner (Foreign policy speaker of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament) in collaboration with the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), in participation of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN).

Speakers from Egypt: Ahmad Abdallah, 6 April Movement activist facing trial; Mohamed Sabry, journalist currently facing trial; Rawda Ahmed, Director of the Legal Aid Unit for the Freedom of Expression, ANHRI; Heba Morayef, Egypt Director of Human Rights Watch.

Not only have past crimes against protestors and political activists to this day largely not been investigated, but the state has started a new crack-down with more than 30 political activists, media and civil society representatives currently facing trial. The government is reducing the public space for debate and dissent. This is the more poignant taking the current IMF loan negotiations into account and the relaunch of the EU-Egypt Association Agreement negotiations. Using video-conferencing this speaker series will allow human rights organizations and activists to give their assessment of the situation on the ground.

The event will be web-streamed under www.greenmediabox.eu. Debate and ask questions via Twitter: #EgyptVoices.

When? May 7, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm
Where? European Parliament in Brussels, Room ASP A5E-1.

Please confirm your participation by email to franziska.brantner@ep.europa.eu until Friday May 3rd, 17:00.

If you need accreditation for the European Parliament please send your: Name, first name, date of birth, nationality, type of Doc (ID, passport) and N° Passport/ID. Badges can be collected on May 7th from 12:15-12:30h in the lobby of the main entrance (Place Luxembourg side) of the Parliament building. In case you do not find the entrance, do not hesitate to call 02 28 45 354.