Freedom and Justice Party Submits Egypt Human Rights Crisis Report to United Nations
|Wednesday, September 9,2015 21:47|
The Egyptian Freedom and Justice Party held press conference at Le Club Suise de la Presse, Geneva on Wednesday 9th September 2015 to discuss their report which has been submitted to State Parties of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Egypt.
Wholescale breaches of the right to life, in particular through the arbitrary imposition of the death penalty following unfair trials and through the wrongful and repressive use of state force;
Endemic use of torture, including forced disappearances;
Widespread flouting of fair trial principles: in particular against perceived opponents of the regime;
Systematic undermining of freedom of expression, including unjustified action taken against protesters, non-governmental organisations and journalists;
Rampant breaches of freedom of association and assembly, in particular during elections and as regards opposition political movements;
Violent and discriminatory treatment of women and minorities, including the deliberate use of state-sponsored sexual violence.
These breaches have occurred notwithstanding the fact that the military regime in Egypt purported to accept the majority of the recommendations made by the Working Group on the Universal Period Review.
The Human Rights Councilshould not tolerate this blatant flouting of its recommendations. Rather, the Human Rights Council is invited to take the following, urgent, action to rectify the current crisis during the 30th Ordinary session of the Council:
Publicly recognise and condemn the widespread human rights breaches of the current military regime in Egypt;
Urgently call for an immediate suspension of any further state executions, an immediate release of political prisoners, and the holding of democratic elections. The Human Rights Council is also invited to urge all member States to take collective action to ensure these steps are implemented;
Establish a full, independent investigation into these violations by a fact- finding commission of inquiry;
Refer the situation to the UN Security Council and General Assembly for consideration of further action to include, if necessary, sanctions and steps to ensure accountability for the victims of these violations.