Thursday February 3, 2011

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Standing in solidarity

 

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement is appalled at the escalation of violence in Egypt following peaceful demonstrations that drew some two million pro-democracy supporters to Tahrir Square, Cairo in Eygpt.

 

According to the Global Fund for Women, one of FWRM’s international partners, the terrifying scene of violence is the work of “the police force that disappeared from the face of the earth for forty-eight hours after the Friday demonstrations, to spread disorder and terrorize everybody”.

 

“We stand in solidarity with the brave women and men who are risking their lives to create a new country, one that respects human rights, justice and equality for all,” says FWRM Executive Director, Virisila Buadromo.

 

After more than three decades of poverty, bad governance, alleged election rigging fuelled by high unemployment and rampant abuse by police, the people of Egypt want President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

 

They also want guarantees that - contrary to widespread speculation - President Mubarak's son, Gamal, will not succeed him.

 

FWRM calls upon the United States and Egypt to fulfill the demands of the people of Egypt who are calling for change and an end to violence and repressive retaliation.

 

“We call upon the US government and the international community to uphold the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law and stand alongside the Egyptian people,” said Buadromo.

 

This follows calls by the Obama administration for political and economic reform. However, FWRM’S international partners in Egypt say that this “is too little, too late and is being interpreted as an endorsement of Mubarak and his policies, and against the Egyptian people's calls for democracy”. They state that the people in Egypt are united under one slogan: THIS REGIME MUST END.

 

Ends.

For more information: contact FWRM Communications Officer Shazia Usman.