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Egypt slams UN human rights chief’s remarks
March 09, 2018
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CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the UN human rights chief’s critical statements about the country.

The ministry said in a statement late on Wednesday that the UN report includes “baseless allegations” that reflect “deep disregard” for Egypt’s efforts to promote for human rights.

It also urged UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein “to stop attacking the Egyptian state.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi is likely to win another four-year term as he faces no serious challengers.

Deportations

Separately, Germany deported 100 Egyptians and sent them to Cairo over violations of residency requirements, including those whose asylum requests were rejected, Egyptian airport officials said on Thursday, the first action of this kind from Berlin.

The move signals intent to implement a sharper migration policy by Germany, which accepted over a million refugees between 2015 and 2016, mostly from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, but later experienced a populist backlash that drove support of far-right politicians.

The deportees landed in Cairo on Wednesday on a flight from Frankfurt that included a robust security detail of 50 German officers, who returned after handing over the Egyptians to authorities at Cairo’s international airport.

Police then investigated the individuals and the circumstances surrounding their deportations, including whether any had warrants issued for their arrest. Most of them were released but over a dozen were still in custody on Thursday.

Human rights organisations often oppose deportations to Egypt over concerns those returning may face harsh treatment by authorities, who have a long history of abuses, including extensively documented cases of torture.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to talk to reporters, said the flight full of deportees was a first for Germany, although they noted that Italy had also organised a similar deportation in the past.

Germany offered support during the migrant surge, but the number of attacks against migrants and sometimes against their supporters also rose sharply.

Associated Press
 

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