Ban stresses importance of rights to freedom of association in EgyptListen /
Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the critical importance of the rights to freedom of association and expression to the democratic process in Egypt and has called for dedicated efforts to secure their full enjoyment.
A statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-general says the Secretary-General continues to follow the transition process in Egypt.
The statement says the Secretary-General recalled the concerns expressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, over the draft law on association. And it says he believes that any new draft law on associations should conform to international human rights standards, and respond to the aspirations of the people.
According to the statement, the Secretary-General is concerned that the conviction and sentencing of a number of local and foreign employees of international NGOs is a sign of an increasingly restrictive environment for civil society in the country.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to work alongside the Government and the people of Egypt in support of the country's democratic transition, development and prosperity.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.