United Nations offering human rights assistance to Egypt

The United Nations is proposing a mission to Egypt to asses the country's human rights situation and engage with the new leadership on human rights issues.

 Demonstrators in Egypt

Demonstrators in Egypt

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  said safeguarding individual rights and freedoms was crucial as Egypt embarks on the transition to democracy.

She added the momentum of change in Egypt must be sustained and the new leadership  willing and ready to listen to the views of the people.

Anders Kompass, is the head of field operations at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“What is now an important message to the Egyptian government is to help channel this enthusiasm and support for democracy and human rights into institutional changes and changes not to start tomorrow or next month or next year. It should start already now and also to give the hundreds of thousands of young people the possibility to participate in this institutional change.”

Long serving Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak stepped down last week after more than two weeks of protests.

The High Commissioner is on record calling for impartial and transparent investigations into the clashes that took place in Cairo last week between pro- and anti-Mubarak supporters.

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