The Council’s silence on the tragic events in Egypt

The UN announced today that more than 80 people have been killed and thousands have been injured in the protests that take place in Egypt right now. In addition, over 90 women have been raped during the clashes.

Below are some of the concrete cases as reported by the media. Unfortunately, the response of the Human Rights Council, the UN’s primary body mandated to protect human rights, has been silence.

  • “At least four people are dead across Egypt, including a 14-year-old boy, after antigovernment protesters ransacked Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday and tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi held dueling rallies in the capital, Cairo.” (New York Times, June 28, 2013)
  • “Within hours, at least seven people had died and more than 300 were injured in clashes in 17 provinces between Mr. Morsi’s supporters and either civilian opponents or security forces.” (New York Times, July 3, 2013)
  • “Thirty two people were killed in clashes in Egypt on Wednesday, health officials told state-run Nile TV.” (CNN, July 4, 2013)
  • “At least 30 people were killed throughout the day in Egypt, with 210 wounded, Heath Ministry official Khaled el-Khatib told The Associated Press.” (Associated Press, July 5, 2013)
  • “At least 26 people were killed and more than 850 were injured in clashes across the country that at times pitted Morsy supporters against his opponents and the military, state-run media reported, citing the Ministry of Health and medical officials.” (CNN, July 6, 2013)
  • “Tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets Friday, defying the army that deposed him on a day that saw at least 25 people killed nationwide.” (AFP, July 7, 2013)
  • “Within a few hours around dawn, advancing soldiers and police officers killed at least 51 civilians and wounded more than 400, almost all hit by gunfire, health officials said.” (New York Times, July 8, 2013)

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