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.
"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.