Brotherhood denounces pre-vote repression

The Muslim Brotherhood says the Egyptian government is stepping up its repression of the opposition movement ahead of the elections for the Shura, the upper house of the Egyptian parliament, set for 11 June.

Brotherhood denounces pre-vote repression
The Muslim Brotherhood says the Egyptian government is stepping up its repression of the opposition movement ahead of the elections for the Shura, the upper house of the Egyptian parliament, set for 11 June.

Between 12 and 19 May, the Brotherhood website notes, 87 members were arrested. "In the week Egypt boasted about its election to the UN Human Rights Council", noted Joe Stork, Middle East deputy director for Human Rights Watch (HRW), "it was arresting scores of people solely for exercising their right to free association and free speech."

Sixty-four of those arrested came from districts where the group is fielding candidates. On May 28, police arrested three candidates running as independents, but affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, from the Nile Delta town of Mit Ghamr.

"In the week Egypt boasted about its election to the UN Human Rights Council, it was arresting scores of people solely for exercising their right to free association and free speech," said Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division.

Human Rights Watch on Thursday released video interviews with eight Muslim Brotherhood members recounting earlier detentions. In the interviews, they describe torture and abuse suffered at the hands of security forces and their sente

The first turn of the elections, which are being held in 26 provinces, is set for 11 June, with a second vote on 18 June. The Shura comprises 264members, of whom two thirds are elected by the people and one third appointed directly by the president.
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