Egypt condemns UN rights chief's criticism ahead of vote

CAIRO — Egypt's Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the U.N. human rights chief's critical statements on what he described as the "pervasive climate of intimidation" in Egypt ahead of the presidential election later this month.

The ministry said in a statement late on Wednesday that the U.N. report includes "baseless allegations" that reflect "deep disregard" for Egypt's efforts to promote for human rights.

It also urged U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein "to stop attacking the Egyptian state."

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win another four-year term as he faces no serious challengers after a string of potential contenders withdrew under pressure or were arrested.

Egyptian authorities have intensified their crackdown on local and foreign media and silenced all public criticism ahead of the election.

People also read these

Cyprus president: Talks proposal could bring...

May 22, 2017

The Greek Cypriot president of ethnically divided Cyprus is urging Turkish Cypriots to accept his...

UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks, no deal on peace...

May 26, 2017

UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks after no agreement on final reunification summit

The Latest: Turkey stops hundreds of Syrians on...

Sep 10, 2017

Turkish authorities say they stopped 313 migrants on the Black Sea attempting to reach Balkan...

Egypt says gas discoveries can be EU's new energy...

Nov 20, 2017

Egypt's president says newly discovered gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean can offer Europe...

Cypriots vote for new president

Jan 28, 2018

Cypriots began voting for a new president they hope will overcome years of failure to resolve the...

About Us

Get a quick look at what’s happening in the world today with in-depth analysis on international news, politics, business and technology, only in Central News Today.

Contact us: sales[at]centralnewstoday.com

Subscribe Now!