International Community Must Ensure Rights of Egyptians are Upheld

We, civil society organizations from across the world, strongly urge all governments, as well as regional and international organizations, to clearly and unequivocally denounce the ongoing violent crackdown against the public protests and demands for democratic reform and government accountability that have been occurring across Egypt since the 25th of January.

The Egyptian government has responded to protests with excessive force.
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  This has included wide-spread use of beatings, arbitrary detentions and the use of rubber bullets and allegedly live ammunition against unarmed civilians, resulting in dozens of deaths.
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  Moreover, a state imposed black-out on national telephone services, the internet and independent media channels has been in effect since the 28th of January, making it almost impossible for Egyptians to report any abuses occurring.  On that same day the Egyptian government began to deploy military forces in supplement of internal security forces.
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Unless the international community and individual governments from all regions of the world urgently exert strong and concerted pressure on the Egyptian government to curb human rights abuses, it is very likely that repression, violence and instability in Egypt will escalate to unprecedented levels.

We call on the United Nations, its Member States and regional bodies to condemn the serious and widespread human rights violations being carried out by the Egyptian authorities against civilians throughout the country, to remind the Egyptian government of its international human rights obligations and urge it to fully respect the rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of movement and freedom of expression.


Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.