• All Share : 52281.1395
    UP 0.19%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 46128.4091
    UP 0.24%
    Financial 15 : 17233.4304
    UP 0.30%
    Industrial 25 : 66028.7326
    UP 0.61%
    Resource 10 : 40401.1695
    DOWN -1.49%

  • ZAR/USD : 11.9939
    DOWN -0.04%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.7574
    UP 0.07%
    ZAR/EUR : 12.9117
    UP 0.01%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.0998
    UP 0.10%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.0909
    DOWN -0.27%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1204.61
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Platinum US$/oz : 1162.75
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Silver US$/oz : 16.97
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Palladium US$/oz : 746.65
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Brent Crude : 56.7
    UNCHANGED0.00%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Thu Apr 02 06:20:53 CAT 2015

UN top rights lawyer warns Egypt law could prompt crackdown

Sapa-AP | 08 May, 2013 12:39
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. File photo.
Image by: SUSANA VERA / REUTERS

The UN's top human rights official is urging Egypt's government to make sure that a draft law on civil groups doesn't allow a security crackdown on them.

Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, says the draft law "risks placing civil society under the thumb of security ministries, which have a history of abusing human rights and an interest in minimising scrutiny."

She said Wednesday that a controversial constitutional referendum in December backed by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi also may give his government "excessive power over the judiciary" by letting him directly appoint the nation's highest judges.

Pillay also says Egyptian prosecutors are not properly investigating serious human rights abuses such as slayings, torture, rape and other sexual attacks on protesters and the poor treatment of detainees.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.