Freedom House Statement on the Events in Libya and Egypt
Freedom House today released the following statement regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, as well as yesterday’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt:
“Freedom House was shocked and saddened to learn of the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and several other employees, and of the mob assault on the US Embassy in Cairo. We deeply deplore these attacks and note that nothing can justify such violence. While we do not approve of deliberate attempts to offend the strongly held convictions of religious believers, we support the right to peaceful freedom of expression for all. The attacks underscore the need for full transitions to democracy in both Libya and Egypt, in which rule of law and respect for non-violent resolution of differences can prevail.”
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