Egyptian President urged to listen to people's protests

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UN Human Rights Office

The United Nations Human Rights Office has called on the President of Egypt to listen to the Egyptian people and to engage in a 'serious national dialogue' to prevent an escalation of violence in the country.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the office is following the extremely tense situation with great concern and has sent a strong message of solidarity and support to the Egyptian people, supporting their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

"We urge the Egyptian Government to continue to take all efforts to protect the rights of citizens to engage in peaceful protests and demonstrations. We regret the deaths that Egypt has witnessed since Sunday and stress that any perpetrators of attacks against peaceful demonstrators should be held accountable. "

The Human Rights Office has welcomed assurances by law enforcement agencies and the military that no measures will be taken that could lead to excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators.

Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.

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