Egyptian Parliament Speaker to Lecture on ‘Civil Society and Democracy in Egypt’

Posted: November 4, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm

The Office of the Provost, the Center for Islamic Studies and the Middle East Studies Program will present Ahmed Fathi Sorour, speaker of the Egyptian Parliament, who will lecture on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Research I, Room 163, on the Fairfax Campus.

Sorour will speak on “Civil Society and Democracy in Egypt.” The talk is free and open to the public.

Sorour has been speaker of the Egyptian People’s Assembly since November 1990 and was first elected a member of that body in April 1989.

He was president of the Inter-Parliamentary Council in 1994-97 and also served as president of the Union of African Parliaments in 1990-91.

During his parliamentary career, he has been active in the field of basic freedoms and other human rights. He was a member of the Egyptian Constitutional Committee in 1971, and rapporteur of its Committee on Rights and Public Freedoms. In addition, he was or is president of the following: International Conference on Human Rights in Islamic Law (Sicily, 1979); the International Conference on Education (Geneva, 1989); the Egyptian Lawyers Union (1984-92); the Egyptian Association of French-speaking Lawyers (since 1992); the Egyptian Association for Criminal Law (since 1989); and the Egyptian Association of Social and Cultural Development (since 1991).

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