Conference on Human Rights Examines Recent Events in Egypt: Harvard Law School Serves as Venue for Global Discourse

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Titled “As Egypt Goes, So Goes the Middle East,” the half-day conference on Wednesday April 13 will feature four panels: past military coups and dictatorships in modern history, the relations between Egypt and Palestine, the future of Egypt and the Middle East, and human rights violations within Egypt today.

Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide, a group of Egyptians promoting, lobbying, and collaborating with diverse individuals, movements, and institutions for democracy, legitimacy, and human rights in Egypt and around the world, will host a conference next week on Human Rights at Harvard University.

Titled “As Egypt Goes, So Goes the Middle East,” the half-day conference will feature four panels: past military coups and dictatorships globally within modern history, the relation of the current situations in Egypt and Palestine, thoughts on the future of Egypt and the Middle East by eyewitnesses to the present situation, and human rights violations within Egypt today.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 13th, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Harvard Law School, Ames Court Room, Second Floor; 18 Everett Street, Holmes Hall 1, Cambridge, MA 02138

WHAT: The website for the event can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1055781287814341/?active_tab=posts

The conference live streaming
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gFpGKvKaYKC

Media must enroll on-line before noon on Tuesday April 12th: http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/communications/video-and-audio-for-the-web/ (scroll down to “Working with Outside Film Crews”)

Please find bios of the speakers below:

Ramsey Clark (born December 18, 1927 in Dallas, Texas) served as Attorney General in the Johnson Administration; and Assistant Attorney General during the Kennedy Administration. United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969. He was known for his vigorous opposition to the Death penalty, his aggressive support of civil liberties and civil rights. Clark supervised the drafting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1968. Since leaving public office Clark embarked on a second career as an international human rights lawyer and led many progressive activist campaigns. He has consistently opposed all U.S wars including Vietnam, the invasion of Grenada, Panama, the U.S./NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, and the wars, sanctions and occupation of Iraq, the so-called War on Terror to the current U.S. role in Syria and Yemen.He has defended political leaders targeted in U.S. wars, including Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Serbian President Milosevic, and political prisoners in US prisons including antiwar activist Father Philip Berrigan, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, Sami Al-Arian, Native American leader Leonard Peltier, prisoners following the Attica Rebellion, prisoners on death row in Texas and many prisoners around the world. For 30 years, Clark was the attorney in the U.S. for the Palestine Liberation Organization. In 2011 he led a solidarity delegation to blocked Gaza. Ramsey Clark traveled to Egypt constantly during the years of the Mubarak dictatorship in defense of Egyptian political prisoners. In 2014 Clark led a delegation of lawyers to Egypt to observe violations of human rights following the military coup of July 3, 2013.

Ed Childs is Chief Steward and Organizer for UNITE-HERE Union, Local 26 at Harvard. He has been a leading organizer for 40 years of strikes, walkouts, job actions and campaigns for better working conditions and union contracts for workers at Harvard University. Childs has also made documentaries on the effects of colonialism in Ireland, Iraq, Vietnam and Cuba. He is a leading activist in numerous struggles in the Boston area for workers rights and community based campaigns against racism and police violence. Child's talk will connect to attacks on workers rights in Egypt under General Sisi’s military dictatorship.

Dr. Norman Finkelstein, Professor at Sakarya University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Turkey. Dr. Finkelstein is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions.

Dr. Avi Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Salem State University

Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery is President of the Center for Egyptian-American Dialogue (CEAD) and a former Egyptian MP.

Cyrus Veeser, author of A World Safe for Capitalism and Great Leaps Forward, is a specialist in U.S. foreign economic policy, with special interest in Latin America. He is Professor of History at Bentley University.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) division of Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Sunjeev Bery, Advocacy Director for Middle East North Africa issues at Amnesty International USA.

Wael Qandil is a journalist who worked as editor in chief in Alshorouk newspaper from 2009 to 2013, and was the first editor-in-chief at Alarabi Algdeed from 2013 to 2015.

Khalil Gueye is an Emmy-award-winning television broadcaster, journalist, and documentary writer and producer based in Washington, D.C. As a muslim and native of Senegal, Gueye covers the Black Lives Matter and Muslim Lives Matter movements. He also reports extensively on maternal and child health issues in Francophone Africa.

Dr. Saif El-Din Abdel Fattah teaches Islamic political theory and political thought at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at the University of Cairo. He is also a former advisor for Mohamed Morsi. At the same university he is the executive head of the Program for Civilization Studies and Dialogue of Cultures.

Dr. Mohamad Elmasry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama.

Nahla Nasser, Masters in Engineering, MBA, and IT Consultant is a human rights advocate and Spokeswoman for Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide.

Dr. Hüsamettin İnaç, Professor of Political Sciences and International Relations, dean of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Kütahya Dumlupinar University, and the author of eleven books pertaining with the theory of international relations, foreign policy, Turkey-EU relations, political sociology, national/ethnic identity issues and international organization.

Debra Daugherty is a multilingual senior communications specialist and former CNN International anchor who works with the public and private health and business sector to develop communications strategy and distribution. For CNN, Daugherty forged relationships with broadcasters worldwide and expanded the network's diversity inclusion globally.

Missy Crutchfield is Editor-in-Chief of Gandhi's Be Magazine & Co-Founder and CEO, Gandhi Global Center for Peace with Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi.

Sara Flounders is an American political writer and has been active in 'progressive' and anti-war organizing since the 1960s. She is a member of the Secretariat of Workers World Party, as well as a principal leader of the International Action Center

Brian Joyce is a television and radio host based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Rana Abdelhamid, MBA student at Harvard University who currently serves as the Northeast Representative on the National Resolutions Committee at Amnesty International USA.

Shimaa Hussein Human Rights Researcher at the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

3:00 PM: Introduction: Brian Joyce – Radio Host – Talk Radio 102.3 WGOW

3:05 PM: Video Presentation: Rabaa Massacre – April 14, 2013 – Cairo, Egypt

3:15 PM: PANEL 1:: Eye witness and the future of Egypt

Panelists: Moderator: Rana Abdelhameed

Panelists: Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Dr. Saif El-Din Abdel Fattah, Wael Qandil, and Nahla Nasser

4:00 PM: PANEL 2: FREEDOM OF SPEECH & HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN EGYPT

Video Presentation: Human Rights Watch V: Sinai Massacre

Panelists: Sarah Leah Whitson, Sunjeev Bery, Shaimaa Hussein, Khalil Gueye, and Mohamad Elmasry

-- 30 MINUTE BREAK –

5:30 PM: PANEL 3: MILITARY COUPS IN MIDDLE EAST, LATIN AMERICA AND BEYOND

Panelists: Dr. Avi Chomsky, Dr. Cyrus Veeser, Debra Daugherty, and Dr. Hüsamettin İnaç

6:30 PM: PANEL 4: Military Coup – EGYPT, GAZA, AND PALESTINE

: Dr. Norman Finkelstein, William Ramsey Clark, Sarah Flounder, Mohamed Shahada (Mr. Shahada will join us live from Gaza via Skype)

7:30 PM: Message and statement to the Obama administration to be read by Missy Crutchfield.

7:40 PM: Final remarks by Harvard Student

7:50 PM: Closing statement and Thank You by Brian Joyce

HOST: Brian Joyce – Brian Joyce is the host of “The Brian Joyce Show” on Talk Radio 102.3 WGOW. He makes regular guest appearances on Fox News and CNN, and he has moderated panels on human rights & democracy at the Carter Center in Atlanta, the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland, and the University of Tennessee.

PANEL 1 GUESTS:

Dr. Saif El-Din Abdel Fattah – Professor of Economics & Political Science at the University of Cairo, former advisor to President Mohamed Morsi.

Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery – Former Egyptian MP, President of the Center for Egyptian-American Dialogue (CEAD)

Nahla Nasser, MBA - Human rights advocate and spokeswoman for Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide.

Wael Qandil – Journalist - Editor in Chief of Alshorouk, 2009-2013. Editor-in-Chief at Alarabi Algdeed, 2013-2015.

PANEL 2 GUESTS:

Sarah Leah Whitson - Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) division of Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Sunjeev Bery - Advocacy Director for Middle East North Africa issues at Amnesty International USA.

Khalil Gueye - Emmy-award-winning broadcaster, TV journalist, documentary writer and producer.
Dr. Mohamad Elmasry - Assistant Professor - Department of Communications - University of North Alabama.

Shaimaa Hussein - Human Rights researcher at The Egyptian Coordination of Rights and Freedoms.

PANEL 3 GUESTS:

Dr. Avi Chomsky - Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies - Salem State University

Cyrus Veeser - Author of A World Safe for Capitalism and Great Leaps Forward. Professor of History at Bentley University.

Debra Daugherty, MA - Journalist and Communications Strategist. Her partners have included the World Health Organization, Project Management International, Johnson & Johnson, and the Union for International Cancer Control.

Dr. Hüsamettin İnaç - Professor of Political Science & International Relations and Dean of Faculty of Economics & Administrative Sciences - Kütahya Dumlupinar University - Author of eleven books.

PANEL 4 GUESTS:

William Ramsey Clark - United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969

Dr. Norman Finkelstein - Professor of Political Science at Sakarya University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Turkey. Dr. Finkelstein is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions.

Sara Flounders – Writer and activist. She is a member of the Secretariat of Workers World Party, as well as a principal leader of the International Action Center.

FINAL REMARKS:

Missy Crutchfield - Editor-in-Chief of Gandhi's Be Magazine & Co-Founder and CEO, Gandhi Global Center for Peace with Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi.

Rana Abdelhamid - MBA student at Harvard University who currently serves as the Northeast Representative on the National Resolutions Committee at Amnesty International USA.

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