WHERE / AFRICA / EGYPT /
Egypt has long been an ally of the United States, receiving significant aid for decades during the repressive Mubarak regime, which was riddled with known human rights abuses. Egypt’s strategic position in the Middle East and North African region has made it a key military collaborator, in addition to its access to the Suez Canal for oil. At the onset of the 2011 pro-democracy protests, it was clear that US policy towards Egypt was changing, but it was not always a coherent message being sent. President Obama eventually called for the need for a meaningful, peaceful, and orderly transition needed to occur immediately. Mubarak finally resigned on February 11, 2011, 18 days after the start of the protests in Tahrir Square. Mubarak has pled not guilty to the charges of conspiring to kill protestors and abusing power to amass wealth; the trial continues for the former President, as well as seven senior security officials.
TransAfrica stood in solidarity with the Egyptian populace throughout the peaceful protests, calling on the Mubarak regime to cease the use of force, respect human rights, and acquiesce to the will of the people. TransAfrica applauds Egypt for illustrating that consistent, peaceful, vigilant resistance against dictatorial regimes will finally win, and for being an inspiration in the fight for justice. TransAfrica continues to be vigilant during this important transition period and will monitor and support efforts to protect human rights and democracy in Egypt.