Seventeen killed in Egypt clashes on ‘Friday of rage’
Thousands demonstrate against removal of Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi
“We don‘t really know the details and what the basis of these detentions is. Obviously if you detain or arrest someone there needs to be, according to the law, a very good reason to do so,” he said. “There needs to be due process.”
Asked if Egypt’s new rulers should make clear why the figures were being detained or release them, he said: “I think that‘s a perfectly reasonable interpretation.”
Ms Pillay said Egypt should seize the chance to become a fully functioning and prosperous democracy, but did not condemn Egypt’s military for overthrowing President Mohamed Morsi, whose policies she had frequently criticised.
“As you know, globally there’s a huge debate going on about whether this was a coup or not a coup or what it is exactly. We’re not getting into that,” Colville said.
With a senior judge newly sworn in as interim president to replace Mr Morsi, the crackdown poses an immediate test to the new army-backed leadership’s promises to guide Egypt to democracy — how to include the 83-year-old fundamentalist group.
Hosni Mubarak and previous authoritarian regimes had banned the group and after his fall, the newly-legalised Brotherhood shot to power in elections, with veteran member Mr Morsi becoming the country’s first freely-elected president.
Now the group is reeling under a huge backlash from a public that says the Brotherhood and its Islamist allies abused their electoral mandate. The military forced Mr Morsi out on Wednesday after millions of Egyptians turned out in four days of protests demanding he be removed.
Adly Mansour, head of the Supreme Constititonal Court, with which Mr Morsi had repeated confrontations, was sworn in as interim president.
In his inaugural speech, broadcast nationwide, he said the anti-Morsi protests that began June 30th had “corrected the path of the glorious revolution of January 25”, referring to the 2011 uprising that toppled Mr Mubarak. He also praised the army, police, media and judiciary for standing against the Brotherhood.
Furious over what it calls a military coup against democracy, the Brotherhood said it would not work with the new leadership. It and harder-line Islamist allies called for a wave of protests today, dubbing it the “Friday of Rage” and vowing to escalate if the military did not back down.