Human rights experts call for reconciliation in Egypt

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Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi help a man injured in clashes on 27 July 2013 which killed dozens of people. [Photo: Saeed Shahat/IRIN]

A group of United Nations human rights experts is urging all parties in Egypt to take immediate steps towards political reconciliation.

In a statement issued on Friday, the experts, known as Special Rapporteurs, call for restraint and an immediate end to the violence which has killed hundreds of people and injured thousands more.

They state that Egypt is facing an escalating and deeply worrying human rights crisis.

As it was announced that a state of emergency would be implemented in the country, the experts underline that this action cannot justify the suspension of human rights.

They add that "no circumstances whatsoever" can justify summary executions, torture, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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