81 killed in Egypt’s latest political crisis

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Navi Pillay

The United Nations Human Rights office (OHCHR) says it is alarmed by the escalation of violence and killings in Egypt following the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

Nearly 81 people have been killed and over 1,300 injured since the start of the current political crisis on July 3.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says any incidents resulting in deaths and injuries require prompt, thorough and transparent investigation and those found to be guilty of wrong doing should be brought to justice.

She however said any such investigation should be carried out by an independent and impartial body and its findings made public.

The High commissioner says the whereabouts of ousted President Mohammed Morsi remains unknown.

Cécile Pouilly is the spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office.

"We call on all sides to refrain from resorting to violence and on protesters to maintain the peaceful nature of their demonstrations. We note the plans announced yesterday by the interim authority for the formation of a panel to amend the constitution, the holding of a referendum on proposed constitutional changes, and the holding of parliamentary elections. We also note that these plans have just been rejected by the Muslim Brotherhood. We urge all parties to engage in a constructive dialogue and in a broad-based and inclusive process to move the country forward." 

The High Commissioner called on the military and law enforcement officials to show utmost restraint when dealing with protesters and make sure that they comply at all times with international human rights obligations and international standards on policing.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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