Middle East

08.02.2011

Questions and Answers: Human rights and the unrest in the Middle East

-What is Amnesty International doing about the protests in Egypt and elsewhere in the region? We've sent a delegation to Egypt to help witness, record and expose human rights abuses being committed during the uprising, as we did during the unrest in Tunisia earlier in the year. We're doing this in close cooperation with local human rights activists. »

08.02.2011

Egyptian Protests Continue Despite Further Concessions

The pro-democracy protests in Egypt have entered their third week as demonstrators are holding another massive protest in Tahrir Square, downtown at El Cairo, the capital city. While President Hosni Mubarak is refusing to resign, his regime is attempting to offer some new concessions in an attempt to end the protests. »

07.02.2011

Renewed pressure on Mubarak to quit as talks fail

Egyptian President Mubarak came under fresh pressure on Monday to step down as opponents said concessions made in landmark talks were not enough to halt a revolt against his 30-year rule. Thousands of demonstrators spent Sunday night under blankets and tarpaulins in central Cairo's Tahrir Square, or Liberation Square, which over two weeks has begun to resemble a tented camp. »

06.02.2011

Regarding the events in Egypt

Here we publish complete the Press Release text that the international organization "World Without Wars and Without Violence" communicated today, in reference with the recent facts developed in Egypt. Such organism, forms part of the Humanism Movement and was the one coordinating the "World March for Peace and Non Violence" that finished on 2010. »

06.02.2011

Egypt opposition rejects government reform offer

Opponents of Egyptian President Mubarak's embattled regime dismissed as insufficient an offer to include them in political reform plans and renewed their demand that he step down. In a concession, Vice President Omar Suleiman sat down with the groups, which included the banned Muslim Brotherhood, but the talks produced no immediate breakthrough in the two-week-old standoff. »

02.02.2011

Egypt military urged to respect rights of protesters

Amnesty International is urging the Egyptian military to respect the rights of protesters as demonstrators held their biggest protest. Media reports said hundreds of thousands of people had gathered for what organisers dubbed a ‘Million Man’ protest calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down and corruption, poverty and police abuses to end. »

02.02.2011

Mubarak should act fast, world says

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday urged Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak to do things "as quickly as possible" to smooth the transition to elections. * Europe wants Mubarak to move forward * Muslim Brotherhood see no alternative to Mubarak departure * World leaders say Mubarak transition must start now »

01.02.2011

Jordan king names new prime minister

King Abdullah II of Jordan named Maruf Bakhit as prime minister on Tuesday with orders to carry out "true political reforms," the palace said, after weeks of opposition protests demanding change. "King Abdullah II designated Maruf Bakhit to form a new government to replace the government of Samir Rifai," a palace statement said. »

01.02.2011

Hundreds of thousands amass for Egypt day of anger

Several hundred thousand Egyptians amassed on Tuesday for the biggest outpouring of anger yet in their drive to oust President Hosni Mubarak, on day eight of a revolt in which an estimated 300 have died. Demonstrators flooded Cairo's Tahrir Square protest epicenter from early morning for a "march of a million" planned for the capital and second city Alexandria. »

01.02.2011

Egypt is offline – is Google just cashing in?

Twitter and Google recently joined forces to help Egypt talk to the world. The Egyptian authorities last week decided to block most internet and SMS traffic, but the two companies combined efforts and came up with a way around the blockade. Their system is called ‘Speak2tweet’ (link http://twitter.com/speak2tweet#) and is quite simple. »

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