End violence and free those detained, UN rights chief tells Egypt

The United Nations human rights chief today called for an end to the “shocking” violence in Egypt and the immediate release of detained journalists and rights advocates, attributing much of the chaos to the security and intelligence services.

Intimidation of media, human rights groups in Egypt ‘outrageous,’ Ban says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to “the intimidation and restrictions on the international media and human rights groups” in Egypt’s current turmoil, dubbing it “outrageous.”

Any political transition in Egypt should take place now, says UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today once more urged restraint by all sides in Egypt, as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed during demonstrations in the capital, Cairo, and said that any political transition should take place sooner rather than later.

UN officials urge Egyptian authorities to heed call for democracy, human rights

United Nations officials, including its human rights chief, today voiced alarm at the high number of casualties amid the protests in Egypt, while calling on the country’s authorities to heed the demands of the people for democratic reform and respect for human rights.

Egypt: Ban calls on leaders to take ‘bold’ steps to address protesters’ concerns

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Egypt’s leaders to take some “bold measures” to address the concerns of the scores of thousands of people who have been demonstrating for change, stressing at the same time that the protests must be peaceful.

Egypt: UN officials urge Government restraint, respect for human rights

Top United Nations officials today urged the Government of Egypt to protect the rights of its citizens amid the political protests taking place in the country, particularly freedoms of expression, information and assembly.

UN chief calls for end to violence in Egypt

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all Egyptians today to ensure that political protests do not lead to further violence, and called on the Government to see this “as an opportunity to engage in addressing the legitimate concerns of the people,” his spokesman said.

UN chief strongly condemns church bombing in Egypt

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the bomb attack that killed 21 people and wounded 70 others at the al-Qiddissin Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt, on New Year’s Eve.

Egypt making progress in water, sanitation – UN rights expert

Egypt has made great strides in improving access to drinking water and is well-situated to address remaining challenges related to water and sanitation, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today.

Ban Ki-moon discusses regional hotspots with Egypt’s President Mubarak in Cairo

Iraq, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine and the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region were discussed during talks today in Cairo between President Hosni Mubarak and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the Egyptian leader is a key partner in dealing with these hotspots.