facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Egyptian laws draw rights concerns

Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM   |   Comments

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The Egyptian government is called on to ensure violations basic civil and political rights are upheld, a top rights official said.

Egyptian leaders backed a new constitution against criticism over the dominance of Islamic political entities and a perceived power grab by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, voted in as the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate in June.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said a series of provisions spelled out in the new constitution, which consist of 12 principles and 30 articles, may undermine civil, religious and gender rights.

"It is within the legal prerogatives and political responsibility of President Morsi to address these concerns in conformity with international human rights principles," she said in a statement.

Human Rights Watch expressed concerns about the document, saying the "extremely contentious review process" raised serious questions about the respect for the rule of law.

Several minority groups pulled out of the constituent assembly in protest of Morsi's administrative moves.

The Egyptian State Information Service reports that the new constitution will be presented to the president Saturday "in preparation for putting it to public referendum."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla
3
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
4
Missing college student Connor Trapatsos spotted on surveillance video Missing college student Connor Trapatsos spotted on surveillance video
5
Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback