It says there was an initial reluctance to support the protest movements by
western governments, citing the initial silence of the French government on
Tunisia and the US administration on Egypt. The US supported Mubarak
until his "refusal to resign risked a much deeper social revolution and a
much greater threat to the status quo in the region."
The report was also critical of the UN's responses, despite the gross human
rights violations perpetrated against peaceful protesters across the region.
Amnesty International has three million members and supporters in more
than 150 countries.
It contrasted the UN Security Council's fast response after Libya's uprising
took off, sanctioning a no-fly zone and airstrikes (which it then said
surpassed its mandate to "protect civilians"), and the slow and non-existent
responses when it came to Syria and Bahrain.
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