Evidence of freedoms being suppressed in Egypt

Rupert Colville

 Since the overthrowing of President Mubarak, freedom of expression and speech has been restricted in Egypt, according to the UN Human Rights Office.

The UN says the military trial and jailing of blogger Alaa Abdel-Fatah, after his criticism of the handling of protests by security forces, is one example of a breach of basic human rights.

In April, OHCHR called for a repeal of the state of emergency and the ending of military trials of civilians.

The authorities however turned a deaf ear to these requests.

OHCHR spokesman Rupert Colville says the restrictions on fundamental freedoms must be lifted.

"Civil society organizations and human rights activists, whose courage and non-violent protest brought about the change of the regime in Egypt, must be guaranteed space for open debate, even if it means that the interim authorities are harshly criticized in public fora. To this end, we call for the release of the blogger Alaa Abdel-Fateh and all others who have been imprisoned for exercising their fundamental rights to free speech and association. "

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