Washington: Voicing deep concern over the arrests of Egyptians under the emergency law, United States has said that Cairo must uphold the rights of all people to express their political views peacefully.
"We are deeply concerned about the arrests of Egyptians under the emergency law. The Government of Egypt must uphold the rights of all people to express their political views peacefully and to ensure due process," PJ Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs said.
Noting that the US believes that all individuals should be allowed to exercise freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Crowley said: "The people of Egypt should be able to participate in the political process and ultimately determine who will run and win Egypt’s upcoming elections."
Later in the day, Egyptian authorities said that they have released the opposition activists detained on Tuesday for holding a protest calling for political reform in the country.
The Human Rights Watch said more than 90 political activists were arrested by the Egyptian police in Cairo.
First Published: Thursday, April 08, 2010, 11:59