Oxfam pays tribute to Egypt’s civil society
As citizens around the world witness the events which unfolded in Egypt on Friday February 11, Oxfam congratulates the Egyptian people and expresses its admiration and respect for all those who persisted in their call for freedom and democracy in a courageous and peaceful manner.
Catherine Essoyan, Regional Manager for Oxfam in the Middle East and Maghreb: “Egypt's revolution inspires us and reminds us of the incredible strength of the voice of ordinary people seeking freedom and justice, united through non-violent resistance. We pay tribute to Egypt’s civil society organizations and human rights defenders, including our partner organizations, who have worked relentlessly for decades in pursuit of human rights and social justice, including women’s emancipation and workers’ rights. Many have paid a high price for their courageous work.
“As the Egyptian revolution moves into the next phase, it is imperative that harassment and obstruction of the work of civil society activists, human rights defenders and journalists, which occurred systematically in the past, is ended once and for all.”
Oxfam calls upon the international community to seize this historic moment to provide support to the people of Egypt as they transition towards a system that embraces democracy, rule of law and human rights, respects diversity and addresses past wrongs, including human rights violations committed during the 18 days of protest. Central to this process is moving toward economic justice, eliminating corruption, addressing poverty and marginalization. All Egyptians have the right to equal opportunities, including women, the young and unemployed.