Egypt's national rights council to issue report on post-Morsi period

Ahram Online , Friday 29 May 2015

The report will be issued on Sunday at a press conference

Head of Egypt's National Human Rights Council (NHRC) Mohamed Fayek (R) with NHRC member Abdel-Ghafar Shukr (C) at a previous Human Rights' press conference (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's National Council for Human Rights will hold a press conference on Sunday to discuss a new council report on human rights conditions in the country since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 until the end of 2014.

The report will span the period from 3 July 2013 until 31 December 2014.

The head of the government-appointed council, Mohamed Fayek, will present the report and outline recommendations for concerned government agencies.

Fayek has already submitted copies of the report to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar.

Egypt is facing mounting criticism by local and international rights groups over the issuing of death penalties to Islamists and members of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood in various criminal charges, as well as alleged cases of police brutality and torture. Earlier this month Morsi himself was among those given a preliminary death sentence for charges related to a prison break in 2011; the final judgement in the case has yet to be issued.

Last week, council members and longtime political activists Abdel-Ghaffar Shukr and George Ishaq called on the authorities to suspend all death sentences for three years in order to pave the way for a cooling off period after two years of turbulence.

Many of the death sentences handed out to Islamists last year have since been reduced or are currently in appeal.

The report is also expected to discuss the controversial protest law, passed in November 2013, which mandates a three-day prior notification period to authorities before protests.

In 2013 - 2014, thousands of Islamists and other non-Islamist activists were sentenced to jail for periods ranging from one to three years for violating the law and protesting without a permit.  

The recommendations of the NCHR are not binding.

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