Portuguese / Spanish / English

Middle East Near You

UN: Egypt 'facilitates radicalisation'

Image of Egyptian police confronting protesters on 17 December 2011 [Alisdare Hickson/Flickr]
Egyptian police can be seen confronting protesters [Alisdare Hickson/Flickr]

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein said yesterday that heavy-handed security measures by Egypt foster radicalisation rather than curb it, Reuters reported.

Read: Egypt prisons 300% over capacity

"A state of emergency, the massive numbers of detentions, reports of torture, and continued arbitrary arrests – all of this we believe facilitates radicalisation in prisons," said Al-Hussein, adding that the crackdown on civil society was not the way to fight terror.

National security yes, must be a priority for every country, but again not at the expense of human rights.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid has said that Al-Hussein's comments are an irresponsible and unbalanced reading of the situation in Egypt – a society that is targeted by terrorist operations – and suggested that the commissioner was biased.

"We don't see the High Commissioner criticising other states implementing states of emergency that are dealing with similar conditions," said Abu Zeid.

Categories
AfricaEgyptInternational OrganisationsNewsUN
Show Comments
Show Comments