Egypt: human rights, Cairo summons EU ambassadors

Allegations 'inappropriate during anti-terror fight'

17 September, 18:01

    Australian journalist Peter Greste (L) and Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohammed Fahmy  (R) stand inside court's cage during a trial session for allegedly supporting a terrorist group (archive). Australian journalist Peter Greste (L) and Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohammed Fahmy (R) stand inside court's cage during a trial session for allegedly supporting a terrorist group (archive).

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - Egypt has summoned EU ambassadors to Cairo to express ''dissatisfaction'' after criticism from the Union on the human rights situation in the country. ''We reject the EU position, which represents a negative image while Egypt is fighting terrorism'', said a foreign ministry statement. Criticism ''reflects the European double standard'', said the statement.

    Yesterday in Geneva the EU expressed concern in particular over reports of ''torture in jail''.

    During the 27th session of the UN human rights council in Geneva yesterday, the EU, speaking through the Italian representative, expressed ''concern for the deterioration of the human rights situation'' with indiscriminate detentions and disproportional rulings, including the death penalty. The EU, the representative said, is also concerned for reports of torture in jail and rapes against detainees and for the situation of NGOs and those who defend human rights.

    Cairo's response, communicated yesterday to EU ambassadors in the capital, was fast: ''The EU statement relies on false accusations and false information and reflects ignorance on the Egyptian political and judicial system''.(ANSAmed).

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