White House: concerned by Egypt political arrests

The White House said on Wednesday that it was concerned by a "campaign of arrests" in Egypt of individuals involved in upcoming elections and who oppose the governing party.

White House: concerned by Egypt political arrests
Since mid-February, Egypt has detained more than 350 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's strongest opposition force, and is holding a total of more than 730 members, the group says.

The detentions coincide with a 10-day registration period for candidates seeking to participate in local council elections on April 8.

"We are concerned by a continuing campaign of arrests in Egypt of individuals who are opponents of the current governing party and are involved in the upcoming local elections," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

"The people of Egypt should be permitted to choose freely among competing candidates," she said.

"We call on the government of Egypt to cease any actions that would compromise the ability of the Egyptian people to fully exercise their internationally recognized human rights and to participate in a free and fair election," Perino said.

Reuters
Last Mod: 13 Mart 2008, 15:58
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