27 Human Rights Council members ‘concerned’ about Egyptian violence
Egyptian Security forces - YOUM7/Emad Abdel rahman

CAIRO: 27 member states of the Human Rights Council affiliated with the United Nations in Geneva expressed concern about the situation in Egypt calling on Cairo to end the Human Rights violations, in a joint statement issued Friday March 7.

The member states “expressed concern about the escalating violence, the restrictions on the rights to peaceful assembly, expression and association, in addition to the repeated use of excessive force by security forces against demonstrators,” and called Egyptian authorities to hold accountable those responsible for such violations.

The Friday joint statement also stressed the necessity of achieving justice in the cases of killing protesters and security officers since June 30, 2013, and welcomed the  establishment of the National Fact-Finding committee, formed by Interim President Adly Mansour in December 2013.

President Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree on Dec. 22, to create a fact-finding committee to gather information and evidence about all events related to June 30. International Law Professor Fouad Abdel Moneim Ryad was assigned to head the committee.

Human Rights Watch also said in its 2013 annual report that  in the months following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, lethal force used by security forces against protesters resulted in the death of more than 1,300. More than 3,500 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were arrested as well.

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