The United Nations human rights chief Rights, Navi Pillay has called upon all parties in Egypt to engage in dialogue and stop the use of excessive force, following five days of protests where several Egyptians have died.
According to media reports, dozens of people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured after protests against President Mohammed Morsi turned violent.
On Sunday, Mr. Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in the Ismailia, Suez and Port Said districts for 30 days. However protesters continued to the violence on Sunday and Monday causing the death of more people.
According to a statement from the UN ,Ms. Pillay has called on the Government “to urgently rethink its responses to the unrest which have ranged from excessive use of force on the one hand, to complete failure to protect people, especially women, on the other.”
She also stressed that all parties must refrain from resorting to violence and resolve their differences peacefully, without compromising the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
“As the tragic events over the past few days have shown, Egypt remains extremely fragile and unstable, and I urge the Government to make a much stronger effort to accommodate opposing points of view, and take concrete actions to address public concerns,” said Navi Pillay.