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Egypt crackdown on activists, Morsi supporters under fire at UN

Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters light up a flare and shout slogans during during a demonstration in Cairo on November 29, 2013The UN’s top human rights body took Egypt to task Wednesday for a litany of rights abuses, including its crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, journalists and activists. In the Human Rights Council’s first review of Egypt’s rights record since 2010, which covers the period since long-ruling leader Hosni Mubarak was toppled to the turbulent ousting of Morsi, several Western envoys voiced alarm at the worsening human rights situation in Egypt. Rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the situation is unprecedented and urged the council to order an international probe into the crackdown, mass arrests and unfair trials.

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