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Egypt: UN rights chief concerned about restrictions on civic space and arbitrary detention

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News briefing

Translated and edited by: Committee for Justice

Geneva: March 8, 2023


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, criticized the continued restrictions on civic space in Egypt, including the suppression of dissent, arbitrary arrests, censorship and blocking of websites in the country.


Türk said in a comprehensive speech before the Human Rights Council, in a comprehensive update on the human rights situation in the world, that lengthy prison sentences were issued, two days ago, against a number of human rights defenders, after charges were raised against them that raise questions, related to terrorism.

The High Commissioner expressed his concern about the fairness of that trial.

Türk also urged the Egyptian authorities, based on Egypt’s national strategy for human rights, to release all those arbitrarily detained, and to lift the restrictions imposed on civic space in Egypt.

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