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INVESTIGATING THE RAB’A MASSACRE IN EGYPT:
A TALK WITH HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER OMAR SHAKIR
Date: October 21st, 2014
Room: Jerome Greene Hall 101
Omar Shakir will discuss his work with Human Rights Watch in Egypt over the last year, where he was a fellow and the lead researcher and author of “All According to Plan,” a 188-page report on the Rab’a massacre and the mass killings of protesters in Egypt in July and August 2013. The report concludes that the methodical killing of at least 817 demonstrators on August 14, 2013 in Rab’a Square ranks as one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day on par with the Tiananmen Massacre. Over one year later, not a single person has been held accountable.
Omar will also discuss working as a human rights lawyer on serious abuses amidst a serious crackdown and in a climate of rampant impunity.
Omar is currently a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he works on abuses in the name of national security in the US. He previously was a Fulbright scholar in Syria and is a graduate of Stanford Law School, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and Stanford University.
Also, please join Omar Shakir and Sarah Knuckey for a conversation to discuss working in the human rights field after law school. This conversation precedes Omar’s lunchtime talk.
Omar Shakir is a human rights lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights where he works on their Guantanamo Docket. He was previously a fellow with Human Rights Watch investigating abuses in Egypt, and was the lead researcher and author of “All According to Plan,” a 188-page report that documents the mass killings of protesters in Egypt in July and August 2013, including the Rab’a Massacre, where security forces gunned down at least 817 people in one of the world’s largest ever killings of demonstrators in a single day. He is a recent graduate of Stanford Law, and will also be giving a lunchtime talk about his work with HRW.
Omar’s Bio: http://ccrjustice.org/about-us/staff-board/shakir,-omar
Sarah Knuckey is the director of the CLS Human Rights Clinic and special adviser to the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. She has carried out fact-finding investigations and reported on human rights and armed conflict violations around the world including in Afghanistan, Brazil, the Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. Her work addresses issues such as unlawful killings, armed conflict, sexual violence, corporate accountability, extractive industries, and protest rights.
Sarah’s Bio: http://web.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/who-we-are/sarah-knuckey