Stop Human Rights Abuses in Egypt
The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, the Middle Eastern and North African Law Students' Association, Women of Color Collective, the Latino Law Students’ Association, South Asian Law Students’ Association, Muslim Law Students' Association, Native American Law Students' Association, Africa Law and Policy Association, Yale Law Women Board, and the undersigned lawyers, professors, students, and alumni of Yale Law School, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Yale College vehemently denounce what appears to be government-instigated violence against lawful protesters in Egypt. Despite overwhelming calls from Egyptians in the past week for the ruling NDP party to resign from power, reports from credible news sources and human rights organizations indicate that the government has unleashed proxy forces in an effort to dissuade millions of protesters from exercising their right to peaceful protest in cities across Egypt. We stand in solidarity with the millions of Egyptian protesters - professionals and workers, Muslims and Coptic Christians, men, women, and children - in their demands for an end to Emergency Law, an end to police brutality and arbitrary arrests, and an end to the impunity and unaccountability of the ruling party. We urge the U.S. government, international leaders, and human rights advocates everywhere to echo our call for a non-violent response to these peaceful demands, and forcefully, publicly, and immediately to condemn all attacks against the ongoing rights revolution in Egypt.