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From Crisis to Opportunity: Human Rights in Egypt and Beyond

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Published on Feb 14, 2011

As the anti-Mubarak demonstrations continued across the world in Tahrir Square in Cairo, a panel of experts weighed in on how the movement was evolving, and what would need to happen in order to make sure it was sustainable and fully realized its goals, even after the possible removal of Mubarak from power.

The panel of experts convened at American University Washington College of Law at "From Crisis to Opportunity: Human Rights in Egypt and Beyond" included Jack Duvall, president of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, T. Kumar, director of International Advocacy at Amnesty International, and Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, who dialed in via phone from the ground in Egypt. The panel was moderated by Hadar Harris, executive director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and was webcast live.

The panel started by explaining the series of events that had led to the Egyptian protests, including the unrest in Tunisia resulting from the death of 26-yar-old Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire to protest the poor economic conditions and unemployment that plagued his country. The protests in Tunisia sparked a similar reaction in Egypt.

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