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The United Nations Human Rights office (OHCHR) has written to the interim government in Egypt demanding to know the legal basis upon which the former President Mohammed Morsi and several senior members of his government remain in detention.
In the letter, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is also asking to be fully furnished with names of persons detained since the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood government earlier this month and if warrants of arrests had been issued against them to justify their continued incarceration.
The UN Human rights office however says there has been no response from the authorities in Cairo to the High commissioners letter which was sent a week ago.
Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the UN Human rights office.
"On Monday 10 July the High Commissioner met the Egyptian Ambassador here in Geneva and requested the following information: A list of names of persons against whom arrest warrants have been issued in connection with the events on and after 3 July 2013, indicating who among these persons is now in detention, and information about the legal basis upon which the warrants were issued; Information regarding the total number of people who are currently detained in connection with the events on and after 3 July 2013, whether on the basis of a specific arrest warrant or otherwise; Information regarding the terms of reference and composition of the commission established by the interim authorities to investigate the killings that took place on 8 July."
He says the High Commissioner has also requested permission to deploy a team in Egypt to monitor human rights issues.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.