Egyptians' right to protest must be respected: UN

Freedom of assembly should be respected in any new security law says UN chief in a statement on Tuesday welcoming the lifting the three-month state of emergency in the country.

Egyptians' right to protest must be respected: UN

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Referring to a proposed bill regulating protest being debated in Egypt, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed that international human rights standards should form the basis of any new legislation.

“The Secretary-General continues to underscore the need for political inclusion, respect for human rights, including of those in detention, and the rule of law as the basis for a peaceful, democratic transition in Egypt,” said a statement released by his office welcoming the lifting of the state of emergency on Tuesday.

Ban Ki-moon plans to make the first-ever visit by a United Nations secretary-general to the infamous Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky announced Tuesday that Ban will visit the camp "to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and to stress the importance of the UN's work for genocide prevention, tolerance and peace."

Ban will reportedly go to Poland, following visits to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and will then go on to Warsaw to attend the high-level session of a U.N. conference on climate change.

The Auschwitz camp is one of the most significant symbols of the Nazi Germany's genocide during World War II.

More than 1.1 million Jews died in Auschwitz and the adjacent Birkenau death camp in gas chambers or from starvation, disease and forced labor.

Last Mod: 13 Kasım 2013, 12:05
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