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Updated On: Saturday, 21 July 2018
Development Issues

Egypt Executions Reax

Content by: South-South News

5 January 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed its deep shock at the reported executions of 20 people tried by military courts in Egypt.

The executions took place between 26 December 2017 and 2 January 2018, and appear to have followed neither due process nor fair trial guarantees, according to OHCHR.

OHCHR spokesperson, Liz Throssell, told reporters in Geneva Friday (5 Jan) “we are deeply shocked that 20 people are reported to have been executed in Egypt since last week.”

Throssell added “on 2 January, five men who had been sentenced to death by an Egyptian military court were hanged in Alexandria,” she said. “ On 26 December, 15 men convicted on terrorism charges were reportedly executed.”

Civilians should only be tried in military courts in exceptional cases, Throssell said, adding that these trials appeared not to have afforded the full guarantees of article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Egypt is a State party.

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