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in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Dissident: A conversation on human rights and accountability

Date: 
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 5:00pm

Announcement

Co-hosted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Please join the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Thursday April 8 at 5:00 PM EDT for a conversation with the filmmakers of the documentary “The Dissident” and a roundtable discussion with Members of Congress on U.S. – Saudi relations and accountability for human rights violations moderated by Alexander Marquardt, Senior National Security Correspondent at CNN.

“The Dissident” is a 2020 American documentary film by Oscar Award-winning Director Bryan Fogel and Producer Thor Halvorssen that examines the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia's efforts to control dissent abroad. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020. (For more information on the film, see here.)

Members of Congress, including Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks and Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-Chair Rep. James P. McGovern, will join “The Dissident” filmmakers to discuss the documentary and the issues it raises for U.S. foreign policy.

The virtual event will be held on Thursday April 8 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EDT by Zoom.  Please register here no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, April 6 to attend the event and receive a link to screen “The Dissident.”

The roundtable discussion is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. This screening will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Matthew McLaughlin (for Co-Chair McGovern) or Piero Tozzi (for Co-Chair Smith).

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC
Gregory Meeks
Member of Congress
Chairman, HFAC
Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC

Participants

Panelists

  • Omar Abdulaziz, Saudi political satirist and activist exiled in Canada
  • Bryan Fogel, Director, The Dissident
  • Thor Halvorssen, Producer, The Dissident, and President, Human Rights Foundation

Moderator

  • Alex Marquardt, Senior National Security Correspondent, CNN

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