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UN calls on Cairo to end violations against freedom of expression

February 5, 2014 at 1:23 am

On Friday the UN High Commission for Human Rights called on the Egyptian coup authorities to put an end to violations against activists and human rights defenders, who are trying to express their opinions peacefully in Egypt.

In a press conference held in Geneva, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chamdasana Ravenna, said: “Threats and aggression against NGOs in Egypt have notably increased.”

Chamdasana was commenting on the aggression against The Egyptian Centre for Social and Economic Rights.

Security forces broke into the offices of the Egyptian Centre, headed by the former presidential candidate Khalid Ali, and arrested five employees.

Since the military coup against the freely elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, all social media, human rights organisations and individuals who oppose the coup have been repressed.