World Bulletin / News Desk
A number of Egyptian and foreign human rights groups on Saturday issued a joint appeal to the Egyptian government to release ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of his presidential team.
The detention of Morsi and his team amounts to "a crime of forced disappearance," according to the statement signed by 14 local and foreign human rights watchdogs.
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was removed from power by the military on July 3 after mass protests against his regime.
He is currently being held in a "safe place," say Egyptian officials, but has not been seen publically since his ouster.
Seven aides from the ousted president's team, too, are still being held at an undisclosed location, noted the statement, which went on to cite multiple human rights violations since Morsi's removal.
Among the incidents highlighted by rights groups was the killing of at least 51 pro-Morsi demonstrators outside Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo on July 8.
Commenting on the incident, the groups condemned what they described as the excessive use of force by military personnel and Republican Guards while dealing with protesters.
"Firing live ammunition at random into large crowds is unacceptable and should be considered a crime," the statement said.
The rights watchdogs called on the Egyptian government to open investigations into reported human rights breaches and hold those found responsible accountable.
The statement also denounced an ongoing crackdown on Islamist media outlets, which has led to the closure of at least five satellite channels affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.
Among the organizations that signed Saturday's statement were the Arab Organization for Human Rights in the UK, the Euromid Observer for Human Rights, Friends of Humanity International, and the Sawaseya Center for Human Rights.Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Temmuz 2013, 10:56