Amnesty International Says Egyptians Are An Inspiration to Oppressed Peoples Everywhere

Press Release
February 11, 2011

Amnesty International Says Egyptians Are An Inspiration to Oppressed Peoples Everywhere

Amnesty International Press Release
For Immediate Release
Friday, February 11, 2011

Amnesty International Says Egyptians Are An Inspiration to Oppressed Peoples Everywhere

Organization Says Resignation of Mubarak Must Begin a New Era Focused on Human Rights Protections for All Egyptians

Contact: Suzanne Trimel,  212-633-4150, strimel@aiusa.org

(London) – Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary General, made the following comments today, responding to the dramatic developments in Egypt:

"I congratulate the protesters for their extraordinary courage and commitment to achieve fundamental change. Persistent attempts to put down peaceful protests have not only failed but redoubled the determination of those demanding change."

"The way Egyptians have taken to the streets in unprecedented numbers to demand dignity, human rights and social justice has been an inspiration to oppressed peoples everywhere."

"The departure of one man is not the end. The repressive system that Egyptians have suffered under for three decades has not gone away and the State of Emergency remains in place."

"Those in power must grasp this opportunity to consign the systematic abuses of the past to history. Human rights reform must begin now."

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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