(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The US expressed Friday its continued concern over the freedom of expression, assembly and association in Egypt following the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) joint statement on that country
"The statement also reflects a broad consensus that restrictions to peaceful assembly, association and expression run counter to Egypt's pursuit of stability and democracy and that a free press is an essential pillar of any democratic society," State Department Spokesperson, Jennifer Psaki told reporters
Today, the US co-signed a cross-regional joint statement on Egypt at the UNHRC in Geneva. "We were pleased to join 27 countries to reiterate our common concern for the universal rights of all Egyptian citizens," affirmed Psaki
Psaki stressed, "The international community clearly condemns the reprehensible terrorist attacks that have taken place in Egypt." The UNHRC's statement, "further expresses our concern about the disproportionate use of lethal force by security forces against demonstrators, " she added
Psaki noted, "Security forces have a duty to respect and observe Egypt's international human rights obligations and commitments.