Egypt


Ahmed Seada
Cairo, Egypt -
Ahmed Seada, born in 1983, is a human rights activist, a labor leader in the petroleum sector, and the Executive Director position of the National Organization of modern human rights and human development in Egypt. He attended Tatna University. Ahmed Seada is spreading awareness of the rights of workers in Egypt through protests. He has been arrested several times during his protests and demonstrations and has been subsequently released on bail. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Ahmed Subhy Mansour
Kafr Saqr, Egypt -
Mansour, born March 1, 1949, is an Egyptian-born activist, whose website describes him as an Islamic scholar with expertise in Islamic history, culture, theology, and politics. He founded the small Egyptian Quranists sect that is neither Sunni nor Shia, was exiled from Egypt, and lives in the United States as a political refugee. Mansour was an advocate for democracy and human rights in Egypt for many years, during which time he was isolated by Islamic extremist clerics and persecuted by the government. He was arrested and served time in prison for his liberal political, religious, and social views. In May 1985, Mansour was discharged from his teaching and research position due to his liberal views, which were not acceptable to the religious authorities, who controlled much of university policies and programs. Mansour sought and was granted political asylum in the United States in 2002. He has served as a visiting fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Alaa Abd El-Fattah
Cairo, Egypt -
Alaa Abd El-Fattah, born in 1981, is an Egyptian blogger, software developer, and political activist. He is known for co-founding the Egyptian blog aggregator "Manalaa" and "Omraneya", the first Arab blog aggregators that did not restrict inclusion based on the content of the blog. In 2005 the "Manalaa" blog won the Special Reporters Without Borders Award in Deutsche Welle's Best of Blogs competition. He has been active in developing Arabic-language versions of important software and platforms. He was imprisoned in Egypt for allegedly organizing a political protest, an activity that became illegal in November 2013 with a new anti-protest law. He was released on bail on 23 March 2014. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Ali Sadek Abou-Heif
Alexandria, Egypt -
Ali Daek Abou-Heif is an Egyptian human rights scholar, described as one of the leading specialists in international public law and human rights in Egypt and the Arab world. He was the Professor of International Public Law at the University of Alexandria. He was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education in 1981. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Asmaa Mahfouz
Cairo, Egypt -
Asmaa Mahfouz, born in 1985, is an Egyptian activist and one of the founders of the April 6 Youth Movement. She has been credited with helping spark mass uprising through her video blog, which was posted one week before the start of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. She is a prominent member of Egypt's Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution and one of the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. In 2011, she won the Sakharoz Prize for Freedom of Thought for contributions to historic changed in the Arab world. She graduated from Cairo University with a BA in Business Administration. Photo courtesy of http://www.rawstory.com/images/new/mahfouz.jpg
 

Bahey El-Din Hassan
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Farag Foda
Cairo, Egypt -
Farag Foda, born in 1946, was a prominent Egyptian professor, writer, columnist, and human rights activist. He worked as professor of agriculture. He wrote numerous books and contributed as a columnist to the Egyptian magazine "October". Foda was known for his critical articles and trenchant satires about Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt. Foda felt that he was defending Islam against its distortion by Islamists. Before his death, Foda has been accused on blasphemy by Al-Azhar. On June 8, 1992, Farag Foda was shot dead by two Islamic fundamentalists. The jihadist group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya claimed responsibility. Photo courtesy of http://thephunion.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FaragFoda.jpg
 

Freddy Elbaiady
Cairo, Egypt -
Freddy Elbaiady, born on January 1, 1971, is an Egyptian political and social activist. He studied at the Cairo Medical School, specializing in radiology. He did his professional training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in England and in Hoorn, Holland. He is a current fellow of the Egyptian Board of Radiology. In 2011, he actively supported the 2011 revolution against the Mubarak regime. Elbaiady served as an independent parliament member, joining the Human Rights Committee and the Constitutional Committee. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Gamal Eid
Cairo, Egypt -
Gamal Eid, born in 1964, is a leading Egyptian human rights activist and lawyer. He is the executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), which is the most prominent organization dealing with the defense of freedom of opinion, belief, and expression in the Arab world. He founded the ANHRI in 2003. He graduated from the College of Law in Ain Shams University. He has served as defense for most human rights cases in Egypt. Eid also specializes in internet issues, and he believes that the internet has an immeasurable effect on the documentation of human rights violations and the ability to hold government officials accountable. Photo courtesy of http://www.fanoos.com/ia/gamal_eid.jpg
 

Gihan Ibrahim
Cairo, Egypt -
Gihan Ibrahim, born December 2, 1986, is an Egyptian journalist, blogger and socialist activist. She has been credited as being a part of a new generation of citizen journalists who document news events using social media. She was featured on a cover of "Time" magazine for being one of the leaders of the Tahrir Square protest during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. She is a graduate from the American University in Cairo and earned her degree in political science. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
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Heba Elsewedy
, Egypt -
"Madame Revolution": the honorary title was awarded to the former businesswoman Egyptian, Heba Elsewedy. During the Egyptian revolution, she helped more than 2,000 injured in Tharir place. The young revolutionaries called "Heba Mama." During the revolt of 25 January 2011, Heba Elsewedy took hundreds of young people under her protection.
 

Hossam el-Hamalawy
Cairo, Egypt -
Hossam el-Hamalawy, born in 1977, is an Egyptian journalist, blogger, photographer and socialist activist. He is a member of the Revolutionary Socialists and the Center for Socialist Studies. He started working as a journalist in 2002 for the English language "Cairo Times", where he covered protests, trails of dissidents and police torture news. El-Hamalawy attended the American University in Cairo where he graduated with a BA in economics in 1999. He then pursued a MA in political science. He was also one of the first participants and organizers of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Kamal Abbas
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Kamal Abbas, born in 1959, is the General Coordinator of the Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services (CTUWS), which as an activist group for independent unions in Egypt. Abbas has been active in mobilizing worker support during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and its aftermath. His approach emphasizes peaceful strikes and rallies accompanied by demands for better wages and working conditions, as well as more regular elections for union officials and an independent union system. He started the CTUWS after being arrested, tortured, and fired for organizing a strike at a steel plant in Helwan, Egypt. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Kamal el-Fayoumi
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Kamal el-Fayoumi is an Egyptian socialist and workers' rights activist. He is a member of the Workers Democratic Party. He is best known for his role as one of the leaders of the Egyptian general strike in 2008, when three strike leaders were arrested following anti-Mubarak regime riots. El-Fayoumi also participated in the Egyptian revolution in 2011 as one of the leaders of workers who went on strike. Prior to his activism work, he joined an electrical power supply station of the textile flagship Ghazi el-Mahalla at the age of 18. Prior to this job, he finished his technical high schooling. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Karim Alrawi
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Karim Alrawi, born in 1958, graduated from University College London and the University Manchester, England. He gained an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and held a Fellowship in Writing at the University of Iowa, where he was resident writer at its International Writing Program. In 1990, he was banned by the Egyptian state, and three years later he was arrested and detained for interrogation by the Egyptian State Security about his work. He participated in civil disobedience actions against the regime during the 2011 Revolution. He worked with Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR) to report what was happening, as well as to compile files on former members of the Egyptian government for submission to the new state prosecutors office. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Khaled Ali
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Khlaed Ali, born in February 1972, is a prominent Egyptian lawyer and activist. He obtained his degree from Zagazig University's law school. He is known for his advocacy for the reform of the government and private sector corruption and for the promotion of social justice and labor rights. He was the former head of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) and is the co-founder of the Front for Defending Egypt's Protestors and the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC). He has been involved in worker strikes before and since the downfall of Mubarak's regime and has been an active supporter of the role of workers in the revolution and the labor mobilization that took place during it. He has denounced violent acts by the police and military and has represented revolutionaries and the families of those killed. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Mohamed ElBaradei
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Mohamed ElBaradei, born in 1942, is an Egyptian law scholar and diplomat who was the acting Vice President of Egypt in 2013. He was the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization under the auspices of the United Nations. He and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. ElBaradei earned his Bachelor's degree in law from the University of Cairo in 1962, a Master's degree in international law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a J.S.D. in International Law at the New York University School of Law in 1974. ElBaradei was also an important figure in recent politics in Egypt, particularly the 2011 revolution and in the 2013 protests and military coup. Photo courtesy of http://www.nndb.com/people/288/000023219/elb80.jpg
 

Mohamed Ibrahim Mostafa
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Mohamed Ibrahim Mostafa, born in July 1979, is an Egyptian Internet activist and IT consultant with an interest in political reform, human rights and social media. He earned a B.Eng. from Ain Shams University in 2001 and M.Sc. in Software Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2003. Mostafa ran the international arm of the "We are all Khaled Said" campaign, which was in support of a young Egyptian man who was killed by two Egyptian police officers in Egypt. Khaled Said was a symbol of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. Mohamed Ibrahim focused his efforts on rallying international supporters and coordinating with activists worldwide to support the Egyptians struggle for freedom, end of police brutality and dictatorship using his Facebook campaign page. He was an important figure in spreading awareness to the international community and international media during the revolution and afterwards. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Nawara Negm
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Nawara Negm, born in 1973, is an Egyptian journalist, blogger and human rights activist. She obtained her BA in English Language from the Faculty of Arts a Ain Shams University and has since worked for the Egyptian Nile Television Network as a translator and news editor. During the January 25th 2011 Revolution, Negm was actively present in Tahrir Square Cairo and volunteered as a spokesperson of the revolution, reporting her observations to the media. Photo courtesy of http://www.fanoos.com/ia/nawara_negm.jpg
 

Omar Hanoune
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Omar Hanoune is an Egyptian human rights activist, international law specialist and politician. Though he played a minor role in sparking the Egyptian Reolution of 2011, he was the founder of Monazmet El-Horya, which played a crucial role in organizing the Tahrir protest. Photo courtesy of https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--BoyfRLP_Zo/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAig/QBwvuTDEmyU/photo.jpg
 

Saad Eddin Ibrahim
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Saad Eddin Ibrahim, born in December 1938, is an Egyptian American sociologist and author. He is one of Egypt's leading human rights and democracy activists and a strong critic of former president Mubarak. He is credited for playing a leading role in the revival of Egypt's contemporary research-based civil society movement. For most of his professional career, Ibrahim was a professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo. He is the founder of the Arab Organization for Human Rights. He gained the respect of Egypt's human rights and civil society community for championing different causes, including Copts, Baha'is, and other minorities at a time of rising sectarian tensions. Ibrahim was arrested, imprisoned and prosecuted in 2000 for using European Union funds for election monitoring and for allegedly defaming Egypt's image abroad. As an independent-minded intellectual, Ibrahim has supported fair elections when they were viewed as incompatible with Egyptian politics, promoted international democratic alliances, and accepted NGO funding from any source that shares peaceful and democratic values, including those in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Sameh Naguib
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Sameh Naguib is an Egyptian sociologist at the American University in Cairo, a socialist activist and a leading member of the Trotskyist organization the Revolutionary Socialists. In 2007, Naguib was a speaker at the fifth Cairo Anti-war Conference, which he used as a platform to condemn former president Mubarak and pointed to Egypt's striking workers as a way forward for the movement. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Wael Abbas
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Wael Abbas, born in November 1974, is an international renowned Egyptian journalist, blogger, and human rights activist, who blogs at Misr Digital (Egyptian Awareness). His actions led to the conviction of police for torture, but the Egyptian government has harassed him, and his accounts with YouTube and Yahoo were closed. His YouTube account was shut down because he had included videos of police brutality, voting irregularities and anti-governmental protests. On August 24, 2007, Abbas was announced the winner of a journalism award by the International Center for Journalists. Photo courtesy of https://tavaana.org/nu_upload/Image/abbas_wael.jpg
 

Wael Khalil
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Wael Khalil, born in 1965, is an Egyptian political activist known for his criticism of the Mubarak regime, his activity during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and his blog WaELK.net, which covers the government, activism and sports. Khalil is a software engineer by trade. Khalil began his activism in 2000 as part of the Egyptian anti-war and anti-globalization movement. He believes that political reform is rooted in the anti-war and Palestine solidarity movements. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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