UN ambassador says Egypt's protest law restricts freedoms

Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Nov 2013

Egypt's newly enacted protest law draws domestic and international criticism for infringing on citizens freedoms

Samantha Power
US Ambassador Samantha Power speaks to the press following a United Nations Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, September 5, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has said that Egypt's newly enacted protest law restricts freedoms.

"New law regulating peaceful protests in #Egypt simply doesn't meet intl standards," she tweeted on Tuesday.

"Gov't must protect freedoms, and this law restricts them."

Power's comments come in the wake of the dispersal of two protests in downtown Cairo on Tuesday. One of the dispersed protests was against the new protest law and the other was against the legalization of military trials for civilians.

Earlier in the day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights criticised the newly approved Egyptian protest law as "seriously flawed," urging the government to amend it.

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