UN condemns arbitrary arrests in Egypt

United Nations UN human rights experts have condemned Egypt for the arbitrary arrest and detention of three human rights defenders from the same organization, apparently in retaliation for discussing human rights issues with foreign ambassadors. 

“It is absolutely abhorrent to retaliate against human rights defenders from one of Egypt’s last functioning human rights NGOs, simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression by discussing Egypt’s human rights situation,” the experts said. 

“These arrests underline the very grave risks human rights defenders face in Egypt every day while carrying out their legitimate work,” the UN experts said. “They are only the latest steps in an escalating campaign against the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and are part of a broader move to limit civic space and target those who operate within it.” 

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