Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Tuesday, October 1

Subcommittee Hearing: Human Rights Abuses in Egypt

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

His Grace Bishop Angaelos
General Bishop
Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

Mr. Samuel Tadros
Research Fellow
Center for Religious Freedom
Hudson Institute

Morad Abou-Sabe, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Rutgers University
(Former President of Misr University for Science & Technology)

Chairman Smith on the hearing:Tragically, the promise and hope of Egypt’s ‘Arab Spring’ have not yet brought about basic human rights to the Egyptian people, such as religious freedom, freedom of expression and association, and due process of law. This hearing will examine human rights violations in Egypt today, and how religious minorities in particular, as well as moderate Muslims, continue to be victimized.”

Wednesday, October 2

Markup: H.R. 3212, Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013; and H.R. 1768, Accountability Review Board Reform Act of 2013

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Thursday, October 3

Hearing: Al-Shabaab: How Great a Threat?

9:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 3 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Witness to be named at a later date.

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “We’ve known for some time that the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab remains a threat in the Horn of Africa.  Following the recent brutal attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, it is critical that the United States and our allies reassess the threat that al-Shabaab poses outside of Somalia and outside the region.  This hearing will examine the extent of the al-Shabaab threat to the interests of the United States around the world and those of our allies.” 

***See foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.