In partnership with Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies and Minority Rights Group International
Thursday 20 March 2014
Speakers: Moataz El Fegiery, Mariz Tadros
Chair: Dr Katerina Dalacoura
Since 2011, Egypt has been struggling to achieve its revolutionary goals of freedom and social justice and this has been particularly visible in the struggle for political and civil rights. In Egypt, freedom of religion has become a central issue and reflects the disenchantment felt by many facing recurrent patterns of discrimination. Today the debate continues beyond the ratification of the new constitution by referendum and poses the question of what is the future for minority rights in Egypt.
In this event, different actors concerned by the issue will come together to present their view and discuss the status of freedom of religion today in Egypt.
Moataz El Fegiery was the executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and currently a member of its board of directors. He also worked as MENA deputy director of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). El Fegiery is a member and treasurer of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) since 2006. He has BSc in political science from Cairo University, MA degree in international and comparative legal studies from SOAS, University of London, post-graduate diploma in international human rights law from the American University in Cairo and he is currently PhD candidate in law and teaching fellow at SOAS, University of London. He is writing his thesis on Islamic law and international human rights in the thought and practice of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He is also an associate
fellow at FRIDE since June 2012. His research interests include human rights and democratisation in the Arab world and Islamic law, Islamism and human rights.
Mariz Tadros is a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK. She comes from a politics background, working on issues of democratisation, Islamist politics, gender justice, sectarianism, human security and religion and development. Prior to joining IDS, Mariz was an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, where she taught development studies for many years. For almost ten years, Mariz worked as a journalist for the English language newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly where she published over 300 articles on a variety of subjects including civil society, women in Egypt and the Arab region, poverty and social justice. She has extensive experience as a development practitioner. Mariz obtained her doctorate from Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford in 2004. Since joining IDS, she has been involved in leading several multidisciplinary, multi-country initiatives including one on women and politics and one on gender and religion. Mariz is author of the recent book 'Copts at the Crossroads: The challenges of building an inclusive democracy in contemporary Egypt. (2013) and 'The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy redefined or confined? (2013).
Katerina Dalacoura (chair) is Associate Professor in International Relations at LSE.