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Salil Shetty: World leaders in Davos cannot ignore the message from Egypt

    January 28, 2011

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Salil Shetty said: “The protests in Egypt and elsewhere are a wake up call to all those gathered in Davos. It is time the rhetoric on human rights and reform delivered here is matched with genuine steps to uphold the rights of people. Egyptians, especially the dynamic youth, could wait no longer. They are holding their leaders to account for the ruthless repression they continue to be subjected to and the failure to address the rights of the poor.

    As events unfold, the Egyptian authorities must respect the rights of the people to protest, free from intimidation, violence, and the threat of detention and prosecution.

    The solution lies not in detaining critics of the government, or by the security forces using excessive force, or in restricting access to information. It lies in addressing the human rights demands of those Egyptians protesting.

    Their voice and demands must be listened to, not only in Egypt but also by the world leaders gathered here. Those in power must be held to account for their failure to respect human rights.”

    Beth Berton-Hunter,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    416-363-9933, ext. 332

    In Davos: Daniel Graf +41 79 379 80 37

    In London: Tom Mackey, +44 7904 398 285, tom.mackey AT amnesty.org

    Salil Shetty is available for interview from Davos on the situation in Egypt.