UN experts decry Egypt's crackdown on NGOs and human rights

By REUTERS
April 11, 2016 18:54

 
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GENEVA - Egypt is closing down domestic non-governmental organizations and putting travel bans on their staff in order to obstruct scrutiny of human rights issues, three independent UN human rights investigators said on Monday.

UN experts Michel Forst, David Kaye and Maina Kiai accused Egypt's government of clamping down on NGOs so that human rights violations such as the use of torture did not come to light.

"Egypt is failing to provide a safe and enabling environment for civil society in the country," the three said in a statement. They specialize in human rights defense, freedom of expression and freedom of association.

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