Egypt military urged to respect rights of protesters

02.02.2011 - El Cairo - Amnesty International

Egypt’s military announced a day earlier that it would not fire on peaceful protesters and said the aims of the demonstrators were legitimate.

*“Protecting the right to demonstrate peacefully is a duty,”* said Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International.

*“We welcome the army’s commitment not to fire on protesters, after we have repeatedly raised concerns about the excessive use of force by security forces during the demonstrations.”*

Protesters have accused plainclothes police agents and criminals in the pay of the police of carrying out looting in the past week in order to discredit the demonstrations.

Troops carried out searches at entry and exit points to the square and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities was placed under heavy guard, Amnesty International staff present at the protest reported.

Amnesty International also called for the restoration of internet services after Noor, the one remaining provider in Egypt, was cut off yesterday.

*“Protesters have shown that they can organise massive demonstrations with or without the internet – but what is crucial now is the free flow information so that evidence on the abuses and killings that have occurred in the past week can be brought to light, and those responsible brought to account”* said Claudio Cordone.

Mobile phone services have been restored.

Categories: International, Middle East, Politics

Newsletter

Enter your e-mail address to subscribe to our daily news service.

Follow LIVE Chile’s mobilisations 06.12.19

Documentary: UBI, our right to live

Film: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons

2nd World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Milagro Sala

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Archives

Except where otherwise note, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.