Egypt: UN - Address Egypt's Assault On Rights

Protesters in Tahrir Square, 1 April 2011. Some of the protesters also gathered in Tahrir Square over the weekend.
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Geneva — The United Nations Human Rights Council should use the upcoming review of Egypt's human rights records to address unprecedented levels of repression, 18 organizations including Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to the council's member countries.

The organizations made a series of recommendations concerning the death penalty, torture, violence against women and girls, detention of activists and rights defenders, and a crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly, among other human rights violations.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process which involves the review of the human rights records of all UN Member States on rotating basis every four years. Egypt's upcoming UPR will be held on November 13.

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