October 5th, 2013 12:03 EST
Egypt: Ban Appeals for Non-Violence Ahead of Planned Demonstrations
Voicing concern at serious violence today in Cairo, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of peaceful protest, respect for freedom of assembly and commitment to non-violence ahead of announced demonstrations marking a national holiday in Egypt on Sunday.
The Secretary-General continues to underscore the need for political inclusion, full respect for human rights, including of those detained in prison, and the rule of law as the basis for a peaceful, democratic transition, " a statement issued by Mr. Ban`s spokesperson said.
These are principles to which the Egyptian authorities themselves have committed in the roadmap they have set forth. "
According to reports, at least four people died in clashes today as supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy mounted protest marches demanding his reinstatement. Mr. Morsy, the country`s first freely elected president, was overthrown by the Egyptian military on 3 July after mass protests against his rule.
Mr. Ban and other senior UN officials have repeatedly stressed that the authorities and the political leaders share a responsibility to end the widespread outbreak of violent protests and excessive use of force which have led to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries
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