UN experts condemn 'targeting' of rights defenders in Egypt

2018-09-28 18:40
United Nations (iStock)

United Nations (iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A group of UN human rights experts have condemned what they call the systematic targeting of human rights defenders in Egypt and are "gravely concerned" at their prolonged periods of detention.

They say in a statement on Friday that this "is yet another indication that the Egyptian government is operating a zero-tolerance approach to dissent."

Egyptian authorities have arrested a number of secular activists since President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected for a second four-year term in March.

The experts say that among those arrested are Amal Fathy, Shady Harb, labour rights lawyer Haytham Mohamedeen and blogger Wael Abbas, who face charges relating to "freedom of expression and freedom of association."

The group has urged authorities "to ensure that all detained human rights defenders are afforded every right to due process and a fair, impartial and public trial."

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    un  |  egypt  |  north africa

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.