For Immediate Release
Brenda Bowser Soder
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Human Rights First Calls on President Obama to Address Growing Chaos in Egypt
WASHINGTON - As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people
yesterday, he told them that they had to choose between “chaos and
stability.” – a false choice that Human Rights First is urging President
Obama to address.
“The suggestion that a leader who has provoked chaos and disorder in
his country in order to cling to power could bring stability was
improbable. This morning, as gangs of thugs, some reportedly with
police and state security IDs, attacked protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir
Square and elsewhere, President Mubarak’s words are exposed as
completely without foundation,” noted Human Rights First’s Neil Hicks.
“President Mubarak has committed another act of vandalism against his
people and his country.”
According to Human Rights First, if President Mubarak continues to
resist legitimate demands for basic rights and freedoms from his people,
the United States should begin to exercise the influence it has in
Egypt – especially through the security assistance it provides to the
Egyptian military – to push for change. President Obama, for example,
should re-enforce his demand that Egypt’s transition process should
begin immediately by referring to the consequences that will follow if
it does not.
“The Obama administration must condemn the violent assault on
peaceful protesters and demand that these attacks be stopped and those
responsible for ordering them held accountable,” Hicks concluded.
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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.