Egypt

UN rights office voices alarm over increasing polarization in Egypt amid protests

The United Nations human rights office has voiced great concern over the unfolding events in Egypt, warning that recent developments in the country have spawned dangerous fractures across the spectrum of society, potentially impacting freedoms of expression, association and assembly, and contributing to an increase in reports of human rights violations.

Egypt: Ban, Security Council condemn deadly terrorist attacks in Sinai

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned two terrorist attacks that targeted military checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula.

Justice demanded for “mass murder” of migrants in Mediterranean

The deaths of up to 500 migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean in a smugglers’ boat has been described as “mass murder” by the UN human rights chief.

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‘Outraged’, UN experts urge Egypt to overturn largest confirmed mass death verdict

The credibility and integrity of the Egyptian justice system has become “deeply compromised”, a group of United Nations human rights experts today said, urging the Government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty and to offer new and fair trials for 183 people whose death sentences have been confirmed.

‘It is not a crime to carry a camera,’ UN rights chief warns as Egypt sentences journalists

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern over a string of recent court decisions in Egypt, including the verdicts and heavy jail sentences handed down today to three Al Jazeera journalists, as well as 11 other defendants who were tried in absentia.

Egypt: UN rights office concerned by harsh sentences handed down for activists

Egypt’s judicial system has again come up short, the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) warned today after a criminal court handed down a harsh jail sentence for 25 activists, including prominent blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, reportedly for “breaching the protest law, illegal gathering, theft, and attacking officials on duty.”

With Egypt’s election results in, Ban voices hopes for democracy, stability

Taking note of the official release of the results of the recent election in Egypt, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his hope that President-elect Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will support the people’s aspirations for a stable and democratic country.

UN human rights chief deplores Egypt’s ‘outrageous’ mass death sentences

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the imposition of the death penalty on hundreds of people in Egypt, after mass trials that she said clearly breached international human rights law.

Egypt: Ban alarmed by recent legal decisions which could violate human rights

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced alarmed at the news that another preliminary mass death sentence has been handed down in Egypt, where more than 680 people were reportedly on trial, a topic he will raise later this week in a meeting with the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nabil Fahmy.

Egypt: UN rights experts denounce mass death sentences as ‘mockery of justice’

A group of eight United Nations human rights independent experts today urged the Egyptian authorities to quash the 529 death sentences announced in Egypt last week and give the defendants new and fair trials, in line with international human rights law.