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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Egypt has “pervasive climate of intimidation,” UN Rights chief says

There is a “pervasive climate of intimidation” in Egypt ahead of presidential elections that has been marked by arrests, torture of detainees and “silencing” of independent media, UN Human Rights Council chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein decried. “Potential candidates have allegedly been pressured to withdraw, some through arrests. Legislation prevents candidates and supporters from organizing rallies. Independent media have been silenced, with over 400 media and NGO websites completely blocked,” Al Hussein said, according to Reuters.

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement denouncing Al Hussein’s remarks as “false allegations” that reflect a “deep disregard” for what has been achieved through Egypt’s efforts to promote human rights.

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