Human Rights a key factor in Egypt demonstrations

Demonstrators in Egypt have won praise from the United Nations for their courage and peaceful protests.

 Demonstrators in Egypt

Demonstrators in Egypt

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay however said she was alarmed by the sharp rise in casualties, with unofficial sources putting the death toll at over 300 and more than 3,000 arrests.

The High Commissioner said by demonstrating, the Egyptian people appear to be rejecting a system which has deprived them of their fundamental rights and committed serious abuses including widespread torture.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The popular movement in Egypt, unprecedented in recent decades, has for the most part been carried out in a courageous and peaceful manner. The whole world is watching how the President and the reconfigured government will react to the continuing protests demanding a radical change to a wide range of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights.”

The High Commissioner welcomed the announcement by the army not to use force against the people but was deeply concerned about the security vacuum created following the withdrawal of the police force.

She says this was a breach of the people’s right to safety and security and called for investigations into why the authorities took the decision to expose the public to considerable risk

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