TUE 23 - 7 - 2019
 
Date: Mar 8, 2018
Source: The Daily Star

Folder: Elections
UN rights chief denounces repressive climate in Egypt ahead of poll
Reuters
GENEVA: The U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday decried a "pervasive climate of intimidation" in Egypt ahead of presidential elections this month that he said has been marked by arrests, torture of detainees and "silencing" of independent media.

Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on media outlets it deems to be publishing reports which might harm national security, as the country approaches an election where President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is virtually guaranteed a second term, and the military fights to crush Islamic State militants in the Sinai Peninsula.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein, in an annual report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, said: "Potential candidates have allegedly been pressured to withdraw, some through arrests. 
Legislation prevents candidates and supporters from organising rallies. Independent media have been silenced, with over 400 media and NGO websites completely blocked."


 
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment

Enter the security code below*

 Can't read this? Try Another.
 
Related News
Egypt’s Parliament OKs controversial NGO law
Aboul Fotouh former Egyptian presidential candidate may die in jail: rights group
Morsi's death in Cairo prison raises fears for other inmates
Egypt says Erdogan claims over Morsi death 'irresponsible'
Ex-President Morsi buried in Cairo as Islamists mourn
Related Articles
Private-equity fund sparks entrepreneurial energy in Egypt
Young Egypt journalists know perils of seeking truth
What Sisi wants from Sudan: Behind his support for Bashir
Egypt’s lost academic freedom and research
Flour and metro tickets: Sisi’s futile solution to Egypt’s debt crisis
Copyright 2019 . All rights reserved