Egypt rights group says constitution violated

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 7:08 AM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights group says the government has repeatedly violated the country's constitution, mostly by cracking down on freedoms of expression and association.

In a report published Tuesday, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information described the violations as a "crime" that must be addressed immediately. It said over a dozen articles, mostly under the rights and freedoms section, were "blatantly" violated despite the government hailing the charter as "the constitution of freedoms."

The group said violations included detaining people in unknown locations for extended periods, torturing detainees, denying equal opportunities to citizens, and displacing residents who live on the border with the Gaza Strip.

The constitution, amended after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, passed with an overwhelming majority in January.