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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Egypt

Date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 1:30pm
Location: 
2360 Rayburn House Office Building

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on human rights violations in Egypt.

Alarming reports of widespread human rights abuses, political oppression, and religious persecution have been commonplace in the years following the Arab Spring of 2011, during the government of President Mohamed Morsi and since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s taking of power in Egypt. In recent years, thousands of Egyptian citizens, including politicians, judges, and other civil servants, have reportedly been detained for political dissent, while others have been sentenced to death in mass trials that lack due process. Human rights groups have urged the U.S. Congress and the President to address the dismantling of free press in Egypt and warned that the fundamental human rights of Egyptian citizens are at risk.

This hearing will provide firsthand accounts of the oppression in Egypt as well as testimony and recommendations from panelists with expertise on human rights issues in Egypt.

The briefing is open to Members, Congressional staff, the public and the press. For any questions, please contact Carson Middleton (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or Carson.Middleton@mail.house.gov or Lindsey Herbel (for. Rep. Ellison) at 202-225-4755 or Lindsey.Herbel@mail.house.gov or Kimberly Stanton (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or Kimberly.Stanton@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

Joseph R. Pitts
Co-Chair, TLHRC
Keith Ellison
Executive Committee
TLHRC
James P. McGovern
Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Panel II

  • Dr. Robert P. George, Chairman, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Panel III

  • Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
  • Mohammed Soltan, Egyptian-American activist and former political prisoner
  • Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division Human Rights Watch
  • Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President, Freedom House
Bios [PDF]

Opening remarks

Rep. Joseph R. Pitts [PDF]

Rep. James P. McGovern [PDF]

Testimonies

Shadi Hamid [PDF]

Dr. Robert P. George [PDF]

Mohammed Soltan [PDF]

Sarah Leah Whitson [PDF]

Daniel Calingaert [PDF]

Transcript

Transcript [PDF] 

Video

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