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Urgent Appeal from International Civil Society

Posted on 31 January 2011
 

Urgent Appeal from International Civil Society:
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. 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 over a hundred deaths. Moreover, a state imposed black-out on national cell phone services, the internet and independent media channels was put in place on the 28th of January, making it very difficult 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.

With the strong risk that repression, violence and instability in Egypt could escalate to unprecedented levels in the coming days, it is critical that individual governments from all regions of the world urgently exert strong and concerted pressure on the Egyptian government to curb human rights abuses.

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. The international community must remind the Egyptian government of its international human rights obligations, urge it to fully respect the rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of movement and freedom of expression, and support the demands of the Egyptian people for the holding of free and fair elections and the ending of the decades long State of Emergency which has been used to enforce authoritarian rule.

 

Signatories:

The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)

The Africa Democracy Forum (ADF)

Alkarama Foundation (Switzerland)

Article 19

Asian Citizen’s Center for Environment and Health-South Korea (ACCEH)

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)

Asia Monitor Resource Centre- Hong Kong (AMRC)

Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales- CELS (Argentina)

CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Collectif des Familles des Disparus en Algerie

Conectas Direitos Humanos (Brazil)

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

DAGA Center for JustPeace in Asia (Thailand)

Damascus Centre for Human Rights

Democracy Coalition Project (DCP)

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRP)

Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Inc.- Philippines (EILER)

Federation of Independent Trade Union- Indonesia (GSBI)

Human Rights Agenda (Nigeria)

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center

Lawyers for Liberty (Malaysia)

The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH)

Open Society Institute (OSI)

The Other Media (India)

Partnership for Justice (Nigeria)

Peoples Training & Research Centre (India)

RightOnCanada.ca

Sisters' Arab Forum for Human Rights (Yemen)

Thai Labour Campaign

Triumph International Thailand Labour Union (TITLU)

Try Arm Underwear - Self-Managed Worker Cooperative (Thailand)

Western African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN)

 

Published on January 31, 2011

 



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