08 October 2020 :
The United Nations (UN) on 7 October 2020 revealed that some of the 15 oppositionists executed by the Egyptian authorities on charges of terrorism, violence and incitement to murder were tortured and did not receive fair trials.
This came in a statement by Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell to Anadolu Agency.
Two days ago, the regime of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi executed 15 young men following protests that swept the country since 19 September.
In response to local and international criticism, Cairo usually denies holding political activists in detention, confirming the state’s full adherence to the law and constitution, while affirming the Egyptian judiciary’s impartiality.
Throssell explained that the UN Commission has been receiving information about the executions of 15 young men in Egypt since the end of last week.
The UN official added: “It has been reported to us that some of the people who were executed had been tortured and may not have been given a fair trial in accordance with Egypt’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
“According to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, implementing the death penalty after a trial that does not comply with the provisions of Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights constitutes a violation of the right to life.”
Throssell noted that the death penalty can only be applied to perpetrators of: “The most serious crimes, such as premeditated murder.”
She called on the Egyptian government to guarantee a fair trial and legal support for all prisoners, including pardons and commutation of sentences.