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A Victory for rights in Egypt
February 11, 2011
A Victory for Rights in Egypt

Dear Human Rights Supporter,

Today belongs to the people of Egypt, as they celebrate their victory in their struggle for democracy and human rights.
President Hosni Mubarak’s departure is a historic moment that should mark the transition to a government that respects human rights, if the military keeps its promise to protect the achievements won by the protesters.
Human Rights Watch is working with local activists to make this happen.
Many died in this struggle. Human Rights Watch scoured hospitals and interviewed doctors in Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez, counting the number of protesters killed – 302, by our conservative estimate – so that those responsible for the deaths can be brought to justice.
By sharing the stories of those harmed and detained, we’re supporting Egyptians in their fight for freedoms and dignity.
This is a moment of huge emotion and a moment of great hope for Egypt and the region. The road ahead is full of challenges, but Human Rights Watch will work to protect the gains of this courageous protest movement.
Read our live updates on the Middle East uprising >>
Listen to the sounds of jubilation in Cairo >>
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Celebration on Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo © 2011 Reuters

This is a moment of huge emotion and a moment of great hope for Egypt and the region. The road ahead is full of challenges, but Human Rights Watch will work to protect the gains of this courageous protest movement.