EGYPT: Human rights activists call for Hosni Mubarak to step down
Human Rights First issued a statement Thursday calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down after his address to the nation.
“President Mubarak’s statement this evening has not advanced the transition towards a more democratic Egypt and has intensified the crisis," wrote Neil Hicks, international policy advisor at the New York-based nonprofit. "Proposals for constitutional reform supervised by regime loyalists hold no credibility. For democratic and human rights reforms to advance, power must shift decisively from President Mubarak and his military advisors, including Vice-President Omer Suleiman, to a more inclusive transitional authority.
Hicks wrote that Mubarak's refusal to relinquish power “increases the possibility of open confrontation between protestors and military forces, a situation that would represent the worst case scenario on the streets on Egypt."
Hicks also called on U.S. leaders to intervene.
— Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Photo: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is facing mounting calls for his resignation, addresses the nation on state television Thursday. Credit: Al-Masriya TV