A year after the disappearance, torture and murder of Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni, who vanished while doing research on independent trade unions in Cairo, Amnesty International and the lecturers union UCU have announced a joint national campaign to push for justice for Giulio and other victims of enforced disappearance in Egypt.
Key campaign events include a panel discussion at Amnesty’s Human Rights Action Centre in London with Dr Antonio Marchesi, president of Amnesty Italy, who will speak about the huge mobilisation around Giulio’s case in his home country, Amnesty campaigners, Egyptian human rights activists and UCU national president Rob Goodfellow.
The following day, Antonio Marchesi will be hosted by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge to give a lecture entitled: The challenge of justice in transnational contexts of human rights violations: reflections on the case of Giulio Regeni.
Further meetings and events are planned in Manchester, Warwick and Leeds, where UCU branches are working with Egypt Solidarity Initiative to organise panel discussions on Giulio’s case and the issue of forced disappearances in Egypt.
UCU branches and Amnesty student groups across the UK will be gathering signatures on ‘Action cards’ demanding that the Egyptian authorities cooperate with investigations into Giulio’s disappearance, and bring the perpetrators of other cases of forced disappearance and torture to justice. The cards will be handed into the Egyptian embassy in London later this year.
London launch event – Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
13 Feb, 6pm, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
Speakers include Dr Antonio Marchesi, (Amnesty Italy), Rob Goodfellow (UCU National President)
Organised by Amnesty UK
Register online here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/truth-for-giulio-regeni-and-justice-for-egypts-disappeared-tickets-30520576867
Cambridge lecture – The case of Giulio Regeni and the challenge of justice
14 Feb, 12 noon, Keynes Hall, King’s College, King’s Parade, Cambridge
Speaker: Dr Antonio Marchesi, (Amnesty Italy)
Organised by the Centre for Governance and Human Rights
Manchester event – Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
28 Feb, 12.30, Council chambers, University of Manchester Students Union, Oxford Road, Manchester
Speakers: Liesbeth ten Ham (Cambridge City Amnesty), Jack Shenker (journalist and author), Anne Alexander (Cambridge UCU)
Organised by UCU in collaboration with Egypt Solidarity Initiative, with the support of Manchester University UCU and University of Manchester Students Union
LSE event -‘Truth for Giulio Regeni!’ Transnational Activism and Human Rights Violations in Egypt
2 March, 6pm, Room CLM 5.02, 5th floor, Clement House, 99 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4JF
Speakers: Sherif Azer (Egyptian human rights activist), Liesbeth ten Ham (Cambridge City Amnesty), Shane Enright (Amnesty UK’s trade union campaigner), Dr John Chalcraft (LSE, Department of Government)
Organised by LSE Department of Government
More information online here
Warwick event – Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
7 March, 12.30 – 2pm, Room B2.04/5 (Science Concourse), University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Speakers: Shane Enright (Amnesty UK’s trade union campaigner), Anne Alexander (Cambridge UCU), Nicola Pratt (Reader in the Politics of the Middle East, University of Warwick)
Organised by UCU in collaboration with Egypt Solidarity Initiative, with the support of Warwick University UCU
Leeds event – Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
22 March, 1 – 2.30pm, Roger Stevens Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leeds
Speakers: Shane Enright (Amnesty UK’s trade union campaigner), Professor Ray Bush (University of Leeds)
Organised by UCU in collaboration with Egypt Solidarity Initiative, with the support of Leeds University UCU and Leed University Centre for African Studies
Kingston event – Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
29 March, 6pm, Kingston Students Union, Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE
Speakers: Dr Roberto Roccu, King’s College London, Shane Enright, Amnesty UK’s trade union organiser, Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge UCU, Hugh Sandeman, North Africa team Country Co-ordinator, Amnesty UK
Organised by the University and College Union (UCU) in collaboration with Egypt Solidarity Initiative and with the support of the Union of Kingston Students.
Queen Mary, University of London event – Truth for Giulio: State Crime and Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
20 April, 12pm, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Campus – Law Building, Room 313
Speakers: Shane Enright, Amnesty UK’s trade union organiser, Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge UCU
Organised by the International State Crime Initiative