Chatham House, May 2013
This is a summary of an event at Chatham House in May 2013 to discuss the state of human rights in post-revolutionary Egypt.
Heba Morayef, Egypt Director, Human Rights Watch
The unrest that has accompanied Egypt's transition since the 2011 uprising has done little to mitigate ongoing concerns over the safeguarding of human rights. This event will provide an overview of how the debate on human rights in Egypt has evolved over the past two and a half years, from protests against the Mubarak regime through to the ousting of Mohammed Morsi.
The speaker will also address the implications of the violence over the past two months for Egypt's transition.
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
The current breakdown of law and order in the Sinai Peninsula started long before the fall of the Mubarak regime, writes Yossi Mekelberg.
The speakers will examine the current situation in Egypt and the MENA region and assess both the economic consequences of political developments in Egypt and prospects for stability in the wider region. Majid Jafar will also argue the initial drivers of the Arab Spring - lack of opportunity, youth unemployment and government budget deficits - have not been resolved, and will focus on the long-term solutions needed to address these concerns.
The coup against Morsi has radicalized many within the Muslim Brotherhood, said Maha Azzam.
There is no question of turning off the aid tap to apply pressure, according to analysts. 'There is no institutional basis to absorb it; cutting aid doesn't mean anything,' says David Butter.
What [Saudi Arabia] had [in Egypt] was a lethal equation, democracy plus Islamism... that was a lethal concoction in undermining the kingdom's own legitimacy in the long run, says Maha Azzam.
Nadim Shehadi predicts more violence in Egypt. Shehadi blamed this on 'an old system that knows how to manipulate violence, and knows how to influence Western policy through the use of violence'.
The lack of strong message before the coup happened almost signaled that it will be tolerated and after the coup the statements were quite weak, says Nadim Shehadi.
Egypt's new military rulers plainly calculated that the West lacks the resolve to put real pressure on them, writes David Butter.