5 June 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Following Transition Process in Egypt, Secretary-General Stresses Importance of

Rights to Free Association, Expression, Democratic Process

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General continues to follow the transition process in Egypt.  He stresses the critical importance of the rights to freedom of association and expression to the democratic process in the country and calls for dedicated efforts to secure their full enjoyment.

The Secretary-General recalls the concerns expressed by Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, over the draft law on association in a press statement on 8 May.  He believes that any new draft law on associations should conform to international human rights standards, and respond to the aspirations of the people.

The Secretary-General is concerned that the conviction and sentencing of a number of local and foreign employees of international non-governmental organizations is a sign of an increasingly restrictive environment for civil society in the country.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to work alongside the Government and the people of Egypt in support of the country’s democratic transition, development and prosperity.

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