Egypt

UN expert ‘shocked’ by Egyptian reprisals against human rights defenders she met

A United Nations independent rights expert has condemned Egyptian Government reprisals, which included housing demolitions and arbitrary arrests, against human rights defenders and others she encountered while visiting the country just over a month ago.

Developing countries ‘losing out’ in a world not governed by laws, Egyptian President says at UN Assembly

The nations losing out the most in a world not governed by laws or the founding principles of United Nations, are developing countries, the President of Egypt told leaders at the General Assembly on Tuesday, outlining priorities that must be addressed to meet the aspirations of people everywhere.

News in Brief 17 September 2018

  • Women seen as ‘spoils’ of conflict in South Sudan
  • FAO report links agricultural trade, climate change and food security
  • UN experts ask Rights Council for response to ‘appalling’ verdicts against protesters in Egypt
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Egyptian death sentences a ‘gross miscarriage of justice’: UN human rights chief

An Egyptian court’s confirmation of 75 death sentences on Saturday has been condemned by Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as being the result of an unfair trial.

UN human rights experts urge Egypt to release jailed poet who penned hit protest song

Galal El Behairy has been held in detention since February after penning a song critical of Egypt’s policies, prompting United Nations human rights experts on Thursday to urge the government to release him immediately.

Egypt urged to free prominent couple jailed arbitrarily since last June: UN rights office

The UN human rights office is urging Egypt to free a prominent married couple that has been arbitrarily detained for more than a year.

News In Brief 05 June 2018

  • Concern for “tens of thousands” of rights defenders under arrest in Egypt – OHCHR
  • Mediterranean boat tragedy update – UNHCR
  • Children “as young as one” involved in U.S. separation of migrant families - OHCHR
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Shocked at executions in Egypt, UN rights office raises concerns over due process guarantees

The United Nations human rights wing on Friday expressed deep shock that 20 people were reported to have been executed in Egypt since last week, amid concerns that due process and fair trial guarantees did not appear to have been followed.