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Lecture: “Human Rights in Egypt”
Monday 9 December 2019, 20:00 - 22:00
In December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly gathered in Paris to pass the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Throughout the past 71 years since then, many other, more specific human rights treaties have been added to grant the protection and freedom of individuals. Nevertheless, human rights violations are still frequent occurrences in many countries throughout the world.
During this Monday’s lecture, we will take a closer look at the human rights situation in Egypt. After the 2011 events during the Arab Spring raised hopes for many for an improvement of human rights throughout the Middle East, developments since then have been less optimistic. Egyptian authorities under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are still accused of systematically curtailing individual rights and freedoms. On the other hand, participation in political life has been increasing, with increasing amounts of people taking a stance against human rights violations. As a speaker, we are very honoured to welcome a human rights defender from Egypt currently staying in Groningen. He will give an overview of how he has experienced the human rights situation in his home country over time and what he sees as the greatest challenges to combat nowadays.
This event is organised in cooperation with the Amnesty International Student Group Groningen. It is free and open to everyone.