Ramy Shaath is a prominent Palestinian-Egyptian political activist, having fought for decades in the Egyptian and Palestinian political scenes on human rights causes.
Céline Lebrun-Shaath is a community organizer and political activist (and a Head Teaching Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School).
After their success in organizing a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) chapter in Cairo, the pair were targeted by Egypt's repressive regime: Céline was deported in the middle of the night, and Ramy was kidnapped, disappeared, and spent over two and a half years in prison without charge.
From Paris, Céline organized a worldwide campaign for Ramy's freedom; the campaign reached President Emmanuel Macron, was supported by hundreds of lawmakers from around the world, and featured dozens of celebrities and public figures, ultimately culminating in Ramy’s release and deportation to France.
Egypt is the second largest recipient of American military aid and one of the region’s top weapons importers. Ramy and Céline will discuss the situation for human rights and political activism in Egypt, particularly the shared struggles of the Palestinian and Egyptian people in demanding justice for human rights violations. They will speak about their experiences and reflect on opportunities to demand greater accountability from U.S. and Western government officials.