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Statement by McCain and Graham Regarding the Raids on NGOs in Egypt Today


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement on today's raids on the offices of civil society and non-governmental organizations in Egypt:
"We have known the leaders of Egypt's military for many years and have had excellent relations with them before, during, and after the Egyptian revolution this year. However, we are deeply concerned by the Egyptian military's suppression of peaceful democracy and human rights advocates in Egypt.

"Today's raids on the offices of civil society and non-governmental organizations are unjustified. Numerous Egyptian citizens have been detained against their will, their rights violated, and their property confiscated. These abuses, together with increasingly violent crackdowns on peaceful Egyptian demonstrators in recent weeks, are reminiscent of the practices of the Mubarak regime. We call on Egypt's military leaders to allow non-governmental organizations in Egypt to operate freely and without restrictions, to safeguard the universal human rights of all Egyptians, and to enable the people of Egypt to realize their aspirations for a full transition to a civilian, democratic government through a fair, inclusive and transparent process."

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