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Lillian Boctor


Interview with Shahira Abouellail on the Eve of the Egyptian Elections

[Image by Hossam el-Hamalawy]

[This interview was conducted on November 22nd, on the eve of the first round of elections] As the first stage of post-Mubarak Egyptian Parliamentary elections begin today, the second wave of the Revolution continues in Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt. After a massive demonstration on Friday, 18 November 2011, calling for an end to military rule, about 200 people, mainly family members of martyrs who died in the January 25 uprisings and people who were previously ...

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Organizing for No Military Trials for Civilians: Interview with Egyptian Activist Shahira Abouellail

[Cartoon by Carlos Latuff]

Since the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) assumed interim governance of Egypt on 28 January 2011, at least twelve thousand civilians have been subjected to speedy military trials, often without any access to lawyers, witnesses, or evidence. SCAF is using military trials as a means to stifle dissent and create a climate of fear in Egypt. Ragia Omran, an attorney and co-founder of the civic group, No Military Trials for Civilians, says that during the first months ...

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Lillian Boctor is a freelance journalist based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is a reporter for Free Speech Radio News and has worked as a journalist, associate producer and researcher at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) and Radio Canada International (RCI). She was a researcher on the RCI web project Me, the Muslim Next Door. She is a regular contributor to Pambazuka News and CKUT radio. Previously she worked for more than a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area in community development and as a community organizer. You can follow her on twitter @LillianBoctor and hear more of her work here.