|PCHR Welcomes the Results of Egyptian Elections, and Considers it to be a Milestone for Democratic Transformation in Egypt and the Arab World|
|Tuesday, 26 June 2012 09:10|
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the results of the Egyptian Presidential elections, which were announced on 24 June 2012. This election was the first democratic presidential election in the Arab Republic of Egypt. PCHR congratulates the Egyptian people for this achievement, and considers it to be a milestone for democratic transformation in Egypt and the Arab world.
We are all looking forward to seeing post-revolution Egypt as a model for change in the Arab world, moving towards a comprehensive democratic transformation aimed at upholding human rights and maintaining the dignity of the Egyptian people.
We are looking at the new Egyptian leadership with the hope that Egypt will continue its role in supporting efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, which would put an end to the ongoing Palestinian split, restore respect to Palestinian governance institutions and resume the democratic transformation that was stopped, and even buried, following the Palestinian legislative elections of 2006.
We believe that democracy represents power for Arabs and the Palestinian people, who aspire for freedom from Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent state with full sovereignty over their lands, like all other people of the world.
It is time for the international community to support emerging Arab democracies and make attempts to consolidate them. There should be a new stage of bilateral relationships between Arabs and the rest of the world, in particular Europe and the United States, based on mutual respect and dominated by support for human rights, freedom and justice.
It is also time for the international community to reconsider all the illegal policies adopted against the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian people, including collective punishment measures imposed following the fair and transparent legislative elections of January 2006. Palestinian civilians have been paying a heavy price for these policies and PCHR urges that these activities be stopped.
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