Fight Repression and Rigged Elections in Egypt
Egypt will hold parliamentary elections on November 28, 2010 and a presidential election in 2011. So far, the chances that these will be fair, transparent elections don’t look good. This is a pivotal moment for Egypt because President Mubarak’s thirty year rule may be on the point of coming to an end.
The Egyptian government is refusing to allow international election monitors into the country, cracking down on opposition voices, and muzzling the independent press. This can only get worse—last time around, government forces beat voters.
This is a big test for the U.S. government’s democracy and human rights promotion policies in the Middle East.
Ask President Obama to urge President Mubarak to accept international election monitors—something he said at the UN that every member state should do.