"With few exceptions, governments have failed to recognize that everything
has changed," Philip Luther, Amnesty International's interim Middle East
and North Africa director, said in the report.
"The protest movements across the region, led in many cases by young
people and with women playing central roles, have proved astonishingly
resilient in the face of sometimes staggering repression.
"They want concrete changes to the way they are governed and for those
responsible for past crimes to be held to account. But persistent attempts by
states to offer cosmetic changes, to push back against gains made by
protesters or to simply brutalize their populations into submission betray the
fact that for many governments, regime survival remains their aim," he said.
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