Canada Concerned by Reports of Intimidation in Egypt

(No. 396 - December 30, 2011 - 4:30 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement regarding recent reports from Egypt:

“I am deeply concerned by reports of raids on the offices of Egyptian and international civil society groups. Non-governmental organizations that support democracy, human rights and the rule of law should be aided and applauded, not impeded and intimidated.

“Canada will continue to support Egypt’s transition to democracy, one that respects all citizens and groups striving to build a brighter future.

“We urge the Egyptian authorities to take all necessary steps to ensure a peaceful democratic transition. There is no place in the new Egypt for these repressive and violent tactics.”

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