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24 Nov 2016 description

GENEVA (24 November 2016) – A United Nations rights expert has criticised Egypt’s increasing use of travel bans on human rights defenders, warning that the measures are hindering their legitimate work and infringing their fundamental rights.

“Restrictions imposed on defenders’ freedom of movement have regrettably become routine in what is seen as a broader crackdown against Egyptian civil society that has continued unabated since 2011,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst.

23 Nov 2016 description

GENEVA (23 November 2016) – United Nations expert Maina Kiai has expressed serious alarm at Egypt’s approval of a draft law which would impose major restrictions on the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Mr. Kiai said that if the bill became law, it would devastate the country’s civil society for generations to come and turn it into a government puppet.

11 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (11 October 2016) - The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, warned today about the growing restrictions imposed on civil society in Egypt and the targeting of human rights defenders and human rights organizations.

09 May 2016 description

GENEVA (9 May 2016) – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.

“The worsening crackdown on peaceful protest and dissent in Egypt represents a further setback for an open political environment and a vibrant civil society,” today said the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye; on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Maina Kiai; and on human rights defenders, Michel Forst.

11 Apr 2016 description

GENEVA (11 April 2016) – Three United Nations human rights experts today raised alarm at the continuing crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society organisations in Egypt. They warned that many NGOs have been closed down, and human rights defenders have been interrogated by the security forces, subjected to travel bans and had their assets frozen in retaliation for their legitimate and peaceful human rights work.

09 Feb 2015 description

GENEVA (9 February 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* expressed outrage at the decision by an Egyptian court to uphold the death sentences against 183 people, and called on Egypt to respect its obligations under international human rights law.

30 Jun 2014 description

GENEVA (30 June 2014) – A group of UN human rights experts* expressed outrage after a Criminal Court in Minya, Egypt, confirmed death sentences against 183 people, in what constitutes the largest mass death sentence to be confirmed in Egypt in recent history. The experts urged the Government to quash the sentences and offer new and fair trials to all defendants.

16 Aug 2013 description

GENEVA (16 August 2013) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today called for restraint and an immediate end to violent confrontations that have seen hundreds killed and thousands injured in Cairo in recent days. “Egypt is facing an escalating and deeply worrying human rights crisis,” they stressed, while urging all parties involved to take immediate steps towards political reconciliation. “We condemn any excessive use of force by the security forces and urge a full investigation into their actions,” said Mr.

14 Dec 2012 description

GENEVA (14 December 2012) – The United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has expressed deep concern regarding equality, non-discrimination and protection and promotion of women’s human rights in the final draft of the new Constitution which was approved by the Constituent Assembly on 30 November.

21 Nov 2011 description

GENEVA (21 November 2011) – A group of United Nations independent experts today expressed alarm at the degree of violence and deterioration of the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association which have led to loss of life in Egypt, ahead of parliamentary elections planned for 28 November 2011.

01 Jun 2011 description

Human Rights Council

Seventeenth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development


03 May 2011 description

Human Rights Council
3 May 2011

The International Commission of Inquiry* established by the Human Rights Council to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya concluded its field visits to Egypt, Libya and Tunisia on 29 April.

During the course of the three-week visit, the Commission held meetings with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including government officials, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies and bodies.

26 Apr 2011 description

GENEVA (26 April 2011) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, is visiting the region from 25 April to 3 May. During visits to Egypt and Jordan, the Special Rapporteur will meet officials, human rights defenders, UN agencies and civil society organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory.

17 Feb 2011 description

GENEVA (17 February 2011) - "Human rights violations which occurred during the protests in Egypt should not be overshadowed by the transition process," said Thursday a group of UN experts*, noting that as many as 365 people were killed and about 5500 people were injured from 25 January to 15 February 2011, and that 32 police officers lost their lives and 1000 were injured, according to the Ministries of Health and Interior.

"Accountability efforts to ensure justice for violations committed should form part of the long term democratic reforms to fulfill the aspirations of …