Rights group cautions Egypt on election harassment

November 21, 2010 09:14

CAIRO — The London-based Amnesty International on Saturday called on Egyptian authorities to refrain from harassing election candidates as hundreds of opposition members have been arrested.

The statement came as the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said several of its rallies have been disrupted and hundreds of its members detained in the past few days.

The human rights group called on the Egyptian government to "uphold the rights to freedom of expression" of candidates and voters.

The organization also said the government was restricting public access to information by suppressing newspapers and satellite television stations.

The Muslim Brotherhood said Sunday that so far in the runup to the Nov. 28 elections more than 1,000 of its supporters have been arrested.

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