As Egyptians mark the third anniversary of their revolution, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encourages them to renew their commitment to peaceful dialogue and non-violence. He reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support Egypt in building a future for all Egyptians with dignity, freedom, responsible governance and development that inspired the uprising of 2011.
The Secretary-General encourages Egyptians to rediscover common ground. In his view, credible parliamentary and presidential elections in a free and open atmosphere are crucial steps ahead in the transition. The “National Independent Committee for fact finding and gathering information and evidence surrounding the 30 June revolution and following events, and documenting them” can be an opportunity to combat impunity and to ensure effective investigation and prosecution of those responsible for serious violations of international law. Protection of human rights – and the rights and participation of women, in particular – is an essential foundation for the future. Political parties must commit themselves to non-violence.