Amnesty calls on Egypt to free MB detainees
|Tuesday, October 26,2010 16:57|
Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to release, or at least charge, members of the country's largest political opposition; the Muslim Brotherhood, who have been arbitrarily detained in the run-up to the parliamentary elections scheduled for November 28.
The last count has revealed that security forces have unjustly detained over 190 of the group's members with the constituency of
In a statement made by the organization, The Human Rights Group, they maintained that those held should be freed or charged with a "recognizable criminal offence".
The MB secured one-fifth of the parliamentary seats, won by fielding candidates as independents in the 2005 elections; something that has not been met with lightly by the ruling regime. The Brotherhood, however, won no seats in a partial vote to the Shura council in June. Witnesses and rights groups have reported that the election was marred by abuses and rigging although officials argued that voting was fair.
Smart added, "If the upcoming elections are to be fair and credible, the Egyptian government must uphold the rights to the freedom of association of all candidates and their supporters".