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ERC urges African Union to suspend Egypt's membership

The Egyptian Revolutionary Council yesterday demanded the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights exercise its powers in prosecuting the Egyptian regime and to renew suspending Egypt's membership of the African Union over its crimes against the Egyptian people.

Head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, Dr Maha Azzam said in a letter to the President of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR): "The regime of General Sisi has chosen to completely disregard both your letter as well as the resolutions and provisional measure issued by the African Commission, and execute the first of the defendants, Mr Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan Abdel-Naby."

"This blatant disregard by the Sisi regime of the resolutions of the African Commission highlight the total lack of their commitment to the African Union and its Commission on Human and People's Rights," Azzam added.

"We therefore call on the African Union to enforce the appropriate sanctions on the current Egyptian regime for these violations of the African Charter by suspending Egypt's membership and prosecuting the current government for violations of the charter within the African Union, as well as raising this violation of International Law at the highest international arena," the letter concluded.

The ACHPR and the African Union demanded that Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi suspend a death sentence against Abdel-Naby who was convicted of throwing a teenager off an apartment block in Alexandria.

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