SUN 24 - 6 - 2018
Mar 8, 2018
The Daily Star
UN rights chief denounces repressive climate in Egypt ahead of poll
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?
Egypt increases fuel prices, as part of austerity measures
Egypt cuts electricity subsidies, raises prices
Egypt's Sisi appoints housing minister as acting premier
Rights group, Europe concerned over wave of arrests in Egypt
Egypt officials arrested, suspected of taking bribes from commodity firms
Outsmarting the opposition: Egypt’s ‘Comprehensive Military Operation’
The escalating battle over appointing judges in Egypt
Prisoners of pain: The struggle to access opioids
Challenges ahead for Egypt’s economy
Sisi’s expanding authority, a double-sided blade
Editor In Chief & Webmaster :
Copyright 2018 . All rights reserved