Selin ATAY-TDO- Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern about the wide-ranging arrests in Egypt and called on the government to respect the demonstrators.
Bachelet quoted the claim that more than 2 thousand people, including many academics, journalists and lawyers, were detained before, during and after the protest on September 20-21, according to the NGOs in Egypt.
"I remind the Egyptian government that under international law, people have the right to engage in peaceful protest, "High Commissioner Bachelet said in a written statement, referring to demonstrations organized by opponents and supporters of President Abdulfettah es-Sisi in Egypt.
Bachelet called for sobriety, stressing that she was concerned about "wide-ranging arrests" in the country.
"Demonstrators have the right to express their opinions, including on social media," Bachelet said, stressing that demonstrators in the country must be respected. “They should never be detained even if they are charged with serious crimes just because they exercise their rights," she said.
"I call on the authorities to radically change their approach to future protests, including what can happen today," Bachelet said, stressing that security intervention with demonstrators must be in line with international standards. “Those arrested and detained for exercising their rights should also be released immediately," she said.