Egypt maintains crackdown on government critics
Recently, state security agents stormed Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate, a first since its founding 75 years ago, seen as an affront to the rights of media critical of the government.
This came on the heels of the arrest of more than 380 protestors, journalists and human rights defenders as protest took place across Egypt.
In Cairo, the capital, security stopped pedestrians in Cairo and inspected their social media accounts for ‘anti-Government publications’ and ‘inciting pictures”.
Rights experts condemned the authorities’ harsh response to the largest protests in Egypt in the past two years with mass arrests and use of force in a continued clampdown on peaceful protestors and professionals.
The use of force against civil society and against the expression of dissenting views on political issues contribute to a deteriorating climate for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights that form the essential components of a democratic society,” said UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye.
The UN human rights experts reiterated their call on the Egyptian authorities to cease curtailing public freedoms and instead take active steps to encourage the peaceful and legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression and assembly in the country.
Egypt has suffered unrest since a revolution unseated longtime President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
In 2013, the military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power in a coup d’état and installed an interim government.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected president in 2014 amid protests from opposition.
– CAJ News
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