UN deplores Tahrir Square rapes

2013-01-31 23:39
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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New York - UN officials deplored reports that 25 women were sexually assaulted during protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square and demanded that Egyptian authorities take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The executive director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women said the agency "is deeply disturbed by the gravity of recent attacks against women".

Michelle Bachelet called on Egyptian authorities to protect women and punish those responsible for the attacks.

About 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted during demonstrations in Tahrir in recent days.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she deplores the attacks and the fact that authorities have failed to prevent them or bring the perpetrators to justice.

Read more on:    egypt  |  egypt protests  |  north africa

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