Violations of Human rights during the Egyptian uprising.

The past nine days Egypt have witnessed numerous violations of human rights as outlined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1.The manner by which the government and the police, in particular, have handled the demonstrations during the first four days of the Revolution, especially on Friday 28 January, 2011, has seen violations of Articles 5, 9, 19 and 20.

a. The police violated articles 19 and 20, namely the freedom of opinion and expression and the freedom of peaceful assembly and association respectively; by disrupting peaceful demonstrations on the streets of Cairo and other major and small cities around Egypt.

b. The police have actively and intentionally violated Articles 3, the right to life, liberty and security of person, Article 5, namely that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, and Article 9, no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, in the manner that they have disrupted and brutally attacked the demonstrations, killing hundreds of unarmed Egyptian protesters and injuring more.

2. In the days following the disappearance of the police on Friday 28 January, 2011, at 5:00 PM, the Egyptian government has continued to violate a number of human rights. The absence of the police force has exposed the people of Egypt to mass crime to people and property. By allowing this, the government of Egypt has violated Article 3, everyone has the right to live, liberty and security of person, and Article 17, namely no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

3. On the 2nd of February, 2011, the world has witnessed how the Egyptian government allegedly sent thugs and criminals with lethal weapons to attack, injure and murder unarmed Egyptian protestors in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Assuming the government’s innocence in the orchestration of the Tahrir Massacre, the government of Egypt still finds itself guilty of allowing such a massacre to happen. The world has witnessed as the army forces stood on the sidelines and watched hundreds of unarmed protestors get brutally attacked by thugs without a mere attempt to stop the attacks.

The 25th of January Revolution on the Egyptian streets  started by Egyptians demanding the rights summarized in Articles 21, 23 and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Instead, what they have received was violation upon violation of their basic human rights addressed in Articles 3, 5, 9, 17, 19 and 20, as explained above, in addition to blocking all sorts of communication from cell phones to internet access for the first time in history.

Special acknowledgement goes to Aisha Hassanein.

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