Archive for the 'Egypt' Category

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) Continue reading ‘The Council’s silence on the tragic events in Egypt’

U.N. human rights expert fawns over Egypt, leaves “impressed”

While the appointed experts of the U.N. Human Rights Council are always quick to slam Israel and the United States for alleged violations, the regime of Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak won high praise today.

After an 8-day visit to the country, Catarina de Albuquerque, the council’s “Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation,” said she was “leaving impressed by the efforts being made to improve access to drinking water.” Continue reading ‘U.N. human rights expert fawns over Egypt, leaves “impressed”’