Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tunisia and Egypt: People's Revolutions for Democracy and Human Rights at Tenleytown Library Monday

Tunisia and Egypt: People's Revolutions for Democracy and Human Rights

When: February 7th, 2011

Time:: 7pm to 8:45pm

Where: Tenleytown library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave, DC, NW, across from the Tenleytown Metro on the red line

The event is free and open to the public

There are massive, popular, and leaderless movements in Egypt and Tunisia demanding the end of dictatorships are captivating the world. While Tunisia ousted its corrupt dictator, much work remains to be done to reach the goal of democracy. Egyptians' peaceful protests for freedom are met with brutal repression (financed by US tax-payers' money), with Mubarak refusing to step down.

Please join these panelists to learn more about the latest developments:

Houeida Anouar, is an independent Tunisian activist with a strong background in both civil society traditional advocacy projects and digital activism. She has been involved in human rights and freedom of speech campaigns since the year 2000, as a blogger, editor of an alternative online media outlet. She is a former program officer at Freedom House. She will be visiting from Tunisia.

Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, is MBC TV Chief News Correspondent in Washington DC, covering the White House and the State Department. She reports daily to the Arab world on American foreign policies in the Middle East. For almost 20 years, Ms. Bilbassy covered regions from Africa, to Asia, Europe and now the US. She has interviewed high profile world leaders including Former president George Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Yasser Arafat, President Nelson Mandela, and Queen Noor of Jordan, among others.

Khaled Beydoun, is an Egyptian-American attorney. He is the Co-Founder of Free Egypt Now, a pro-human rights advocacy group that aims to promote a secular, nonpartisan, and integrated model of democracy in Egypt. Mr. Beydoun practiced in the area of international rule of law and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, civil rights, and in the private sector. He is the author of a book addressing the promotion of women and minorities in Arab parliaments, affirmative action, anti-trafficking in the Arab World, and finance.

Radia Daoussi, is a Tunisian native, president of the Vineeta Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to public health and human rights worldwide. She has helped found the Project for American Civic Engagement, a program to support the inclusion of minorities in civic engagement. She is a dedicated rights activist, from cluster bombs to peace in the Middle East to HIV in DC to development worldwide. She also works for international organizations, including UNDP and UNICEF. She has collaborated with the medical journal The Lancet to produce articles on the health of the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Sponsored by the Vineeta Foundation

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