Thursday, May 19, 2011

More than 800 killed in Egypt Unrest -- and justice has still not yet been served: Amnesty International



At least 840 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured during the Egyptian revolution earlier this year as then-President Hosni Mubarak clung to power through violence and intimidation, Amnesty International said in a report Thursday.

Though protesters ultimately ousted Mubarak, Egyptian leaders have a lot of work to do to compensate victims' families and restore citizens' faith in the government, the report said.

"The Egyptian authorities have much to do to rebuild trust in public institutions, which have been seen as tools of repression and obstacles to justice," the report said.

"They must start by overhauling laws that allowed violations to happen and take steps to guarantee that such abuses will not be repeated."

Egyptian government officials declined CNN's request for comment about the report.

Amnesty International said it sent a team to Egypt, which spent more than two months conducting interviews for the 120-page report. (read more)