We are pleased to invite you to our interactive Facebook discussion on Monday, February 4 at Noon titled, Human Rights Challenges as Egypt Prepares for Parliamentary Election. The conversation will feature Egypt’s “Facebook Girl” Esraa Abdel Fattah as well as journalist and activist Bassel Mohamed Adel Ibrahim.
We will live stream the event on Human Rights First’s Facebook page. Join the discussion by submitting your questions and comments here starting today and we will make sure to address them during the discussion.
What: Human Rights Challenges as Egypt Prepares for Parliamentary Elections
Amid escalating protests and violence in Egypt, the United States is watching anxiously for signs that Egypt’s transition from authoritarianism can move forward. Parliamentary elections are expected to take place in the next few months. These are critical times for Egyptian democracy activists who have not been able to channel the energy of the 2011 protests into victory at the polls.
What do activists expect from these elections, and what are the obstacles to Egypt achieving progress toward a peaceful democratic transition? What can the United States do — and what should it not do — to promote human rights and universal values in Egypt in the vital months ahead?
- Esraa Abdel Fattah: Leading democracy activist, vice-chairperson of the Egyptian Democratic Academy, an independent human rights and democracy promotion organization; pioneer social media activist; known as Egypt’s “Facebook Girl” for founding the April 6 Youth Movement in 2008.
- Bassel Mohamed Adel Ibrahim: Political activist and journalist; co-founder of the Al-Ghad Party with Ayman Nour in 2004; member of the steering committee of the Constitution Party, led by Mohamed al-Baradei.
- Neil Hicks: International Policy Advisor, Human Rights First
When: Monday February 4, 2013 at 12pm
Where: Live stream on Facebook