Rights groups urge UN to end Egypt rights violations

The groups criticized Egypt's judicial authorities for "undermining the pillars of justice and the rule of law."

Rights groups urge UN to end Egypt rights violations
World Bulletin / News Desk

Eight local and foreign human rights groups have called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene to help put an end to "systematic human rights violations" in Egypt.
 
"In the last week, more than 100 people were killed, hundreds injured and 1,000 people arrested," the eight groups said in a joint statement issued Friday.

Last week, rallies staged by supporters and opponents of Egypt's army-backed government – held to mark the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak – turned violent.

At least 62 people were killed and scores injured in Cairo and Giza alone, according to Egypt's Health Ministry.

"These divisions… will trigger a civil war, especially given that the families of slain protesters have vowed to take revenge on the security services," the statement warned.

The groups went on to criticize Egypt's judicial authorities for "undermining the pillars of justice and the rule of law."

The rights organizations called for respect for the right to peaceful protest, the release of all political detainees, an end to media incitement against pro-democracy protesters and guarantees for fair trial.

Egypt has been gripped by heightened violence since last July's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military following mass protests against his rule.

The rights groups' joint statement was endorsed by the UK-based Arab Organization for Human Rights, the France-based European Coalition of Egyptians for Democracy and Human Rights, the UK-based Egyptians for Democracy group, and the Switzerland-based Rights for All organization.

Signatories also included the Turkey-based Humanity organization and the Cooperative for Egyptian Solidarity, along with the Cairo-based Observers for the Protection of the Revolution and the Egyptian Observatory for Human Rights and Freedoms.
Last Mod: 31 Ocak 2014, 18:01
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