• All Share : 51550.17
    DOWN -0.14%
    Top 40 : 4425.59
    UP 0.54%
    Financial 15 : 14633.29
    DOWN -0.39%
    Industrial 25 : 58750.01
    DOWN -0.57%

  • ZAR/USD : 10.5125
    DOWN -0.11%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.8475
    DOWN -0.13%
    ZAR/EUR : 14.1193
    DOWN -0.33%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1032
    DOWN -0.15%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.8792
    DOWN -0.35%

  • Gold : 1308.3100
    UP 1.19%
    Platinum : 1479.5000
    UP 1.06%
    Silver : 20.7250
    UP 1.82%
    Palladium : 880.0000
    UP 1.62%
    Brent Crude Oil : 108.230
    DOWN -0.15%

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

Sat Jul 26 00:20:53 SAST 2014

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.

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.


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.
Sat Jul 26 00:20:53 SAST 2014 ::