Maikel Nabil

Maikel Nabil is an Egyptian blogger and political activist who first began writing in 2006.

In April 2009, Nabil founded the No to Compulsory Military Service Movement and subsequently began a campaign demanding his right to exemption from military service as a conscientious objector. He was briefly arrested for his campaign, but was finally granted an exemption from military service in November 2010.

Nabil was an active participant and leader in the 2011 Egyptian revolution. He was arrested and released on more than one occasion for his activism – a blog post of his deemed “insulting to the military” led to his arrest again in March 2011. A military tribunal then sentenced him to three years in prison, where he was kept in poor conditions and without adequate medical attention. In protest, Nabil went on hunger strike in August 2011. Political pressure and popular protests in support of Nabil finally forced the Military Ruling Council to pardon him in January 2012.

Nabil lives in exile in the United States and is a member of the Advisory Council of Asylum Network, an LGBT rights group.

Speeches

Egypt

Just Released from Egyptian Prison with Maikel Nabil

Maikel Nabil, Egyptian blogger and political activist, addresses the 4th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks.   Full remarks   Tom Gross: We have with us in this session, two very brave human rights and democracy activists, one from Egypt and the other

Egypt

Beyond the Arab Spring with Ebrahim Mehtari, Maikel Nabil, Tom Gross

A panel including journalist and commentator specializing in the Middle East and human rights, Tom Gross; Iranian activist who was arrested, jailed, tortured, and physically abused by the Iranian Regime after taking part in the Green Movement demonstrations of 2009, Ebrahim Mehtari; and an Egyptian blogger and political activist, Maikel