UN rights chief says Morsi decree breaks human rights law

November 30, 2012 16:17

GENEVA - The UN human rights chief has warned Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that his decree expanding his powers would put him beyond the law and open the door to human rights violations, her spokesman said on Friday.

Navi Pillay sent a letter to Morsi on Tuesday, urging him to reconsider last week's decree and warning that "approving a constitution in these circumstances could be deeply divisive," spokesman Rupert Colville told a UN briefing.

However, Egypt's Islamist-led assembly raced to approve the new constitution on Friday and Morsi is expected to ratify it by Saturday, which would allow a referendum on it to be held as soon as mid-December.

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