국제앰네스티는지난 19일, 이집트 당국에게 체포된 70명의 무슬림 형제단(Muslim Brotherhood) 단원들을 당장 석방하거나 납득할 수 있는 죄목으로 기소할 것을 요구했다.
지난 9일무슬림 형제단 단장 모하메드바디(Mohamed Badie’)가 11월 29일에 있을 이집트 의원선거에 후보자들을 출마시킬 것이라고 발표한 이후에 150명 이상의 단원들을 체포했다.
이들의 절반 정도가 석방되었으나 아직도 의원선거 후보자와 단체의 지역 지도자들을 포함한 70명 가량이 구금 되어 있다.
국제앰네스티 중동•북아프리카국 말콤스마트(Malcolm Smart)국장은 “체포된 사람들은 단순히 무슬림 형제단과 연관되어 있다는 이유만으로 구금중인 것을 보여진다”며 “이번 체포는 형제단의 선거 유세활동을 저지하고 유권자들로 하여금 이 단체를 지지할 수 없도록 막기 위한 것으로 파악된다”고 밝혔다.
DOZENS DETAINED IN EGYPTIAN PRE-ELECTION CRACKDOWN ON OPPOSITION
19 October 2010Amnesty International today called on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release, or charge with a recognizable criminal offence, more than 70 members of the Muslim Brotherhood group arrested this week.
More than 150 people have been arrested since the Muslim Brotherhood chairman, Mohamed Badie’, said on 9 October that the group will put up candidates in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for 29 November.
About half of those arrested have been released. The 70 still held include supporters of Muslim Brotherhood election candidates and several regional leaders of the organization, including, Mohamed Sweidan of Baheira, whose detention was on Monday extended for 15 days, Mustafa al-Khouli and Essam al-Gharbawi.
“Those arrested appear to be detained solely on account of their association with the Muslim Brotherhood organization,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“The arrests appear intended to disrupt Muslim Brotherhood campaigning and deter people from supporting the organization in the coming elections.”
The arrests were made across 17 Egyptian regions including Baheira, Qina, Aswan, Sharqiya, and Alexandria.
“If the forthcoming elections are to be fair and credible, the Egyptian government must ensure that they are conducted on a ‘level playing field’ and uphold the rights to freedom of association of all candidates and their supporters,” said Malcolm Smart.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been officially banned in Egypt since 1954. However, it has continued to operate openly and leaders and supporters of the organization have stood as independent candidates in previous parliamentary elections, in many cases successfully.
It has wide popular support and is generally seen as the main rival to Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party.