An Egyptian court on Saturday commuted a death sentence against the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader to life imprisonment in connection with a case for inciting violence after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Thursday clashed with police while staging several rallies across Egypt to commemorate the first anniversary of hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood protesters` killings.
Kenneth Roth and Sarah Leah Whitson were in Cairo to launch a report by the group on mass killings that took place during protests against the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi last year, the BBC reports.
Egypt`s Muslim Brotherhood called for a `day of anger` Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the military overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi, which unleashed a violent crackdown that all but crushed the Islamists.
In an emotional farewell speech, Egypt`s outgoing interim president on Wednesday said the public must rise to its responsibilities in the face of enormous challenges in a country he said has been scarred by violence, a dilapidated economy, political confusion and international conspiracies threatening its identity and territorial integrity.
Polls on Thursday closed in an Egyptian presidential election seen as a plebiscite on the ex-army chief frontrunner, after voting was extended when turnout fell below that won by the Islamist leader he deposed.
Only a slight majority of Egyptians look favorably on Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former Army chief who ousted the elected president and is now a heavy favorite to win next week`s presidential elections, according to a poll released on Thursday by a US-based research center.
Former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi gave the first TV interview of his campaign to become Egypt`s next president on Monday, saying he decided to run because of the threats facing the nation after his removal of the country`s first democratically elected president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi.
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Egypt has made some progress in its democratic transition but must address serious challenges and recent "disturbing" developments if its government is to have the confidence of the Egyptian people and others.