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Human Rights Commissioner demands investigation of attacks in Egypt

08.02.2011 - Press release

Responding to the Human Rights Watch report that at least 297 people have been killed during the unrest in Egypt since 28 January, Markus Löning, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (8 February):

“These numbers are devastating. The Egyptian Government’s announcement that it intends to commission an investigation into the incidences of violence needs to be followed by action as soon as possible. Violent attacks on peaceful demonstrators must not remain unpunished. That applies to violence perpetrated against journalists and people working for human rights organizations as well. The people in Egypt want a better life in freedom and democracy. Egypt’s leaders need to support this desire for democratic change in the interests of the country – and they need to do it now.”

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