Saturday, February 12, 2011

Egypt: Ousting of Hosni Mubarak is not enough

Photo: We are all Khaled Said.
It is no secret that yesterday 11 February 2011 marked the end of a 30-year-old oppressive dictatorial regime in Egypt; a regime that tortured thousands of Egyptians and claimed many lives. After 30 years in power, Hosni Mubarak was kicked out of the presidential palace in Cairo by peaceful protesters calling for democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Egypt. The ousting of Mubarak is good news, but it is not enough.

Hundreds of civilians lost their lives during the 18-day struggle for human rights that culminated in the ousting of Mubarak. Human Rights Watch estimates that about 302 protesters were killed during the peaceful uprising that met with brutal police crackdown.

Today, Egyptians and the rest of the world rightfully celebrate the historic fall of a strongman, but it should be noted that the ousting of an autocratic regime is not enough since it does not guarantee justice for the many victims of oppression and systematic police brutality under the regime.

The military which acted responsibly to an extent during the protests, should work in close collaboration with the Egyptian people and ensure a peaceful transition to a democratic civilian rule.

The government of Egypt after Hosni Mubarak should bring all perpetrators of torture and other forms of violations under the 30-year-old Mubarak regime to justice. Until then, the ousting of Hosni Mubarak is not enough.

Victims of violations under Mubarak are uncountable - including Khaled Mohammed SaidAhmed Shaaban and many others.


  1. My only hope is that Egyptians don't waste their hard-fought freedom by bringing in another dictator. It has to be a meticulous selection process with the input of the people.

  2. Quiet a well-chosen image to demonstrate the humiliation of Mubarak once he got officially kicked out of the right to rule Egypt. And you are right, this is a good first step towards peace and justice, but it's not enough.

  3. We wish that the people of Egypt can live a better life and less violence in there days. We also wish that someone democratic will take care of the people from now on!

  4. The ousting of Hosni Mubarak is not enough. The thousands of people still gathered in Tahrir Square seem to agree. It'll be interesting to see what the next few days brings.

  5. Yes it's not enough. Democracy has once again prevailed but the road to political stability is a continuous struggle. The nation's fate is in the people's hand- let's hope they all learn from their mistakes.

  6. Well written and up to the point. I guess the government of Egypt could learn some tricks from you.


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