Pro-Morsy alliance demands human rights probe

The National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy has called on U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and EU envoy Bernardino Leon to launch investigations into alleged human rights abuses since the fall of President Mohamed Morsy.

The group, otherwise known as the Anti-Coup Alliance, said Burns and EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Leon should investigate “human rights violations committed since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy from power in early July."

Five of the alliance's representatives – former Local Development Minister Mohamed Aly Beshr, former minister Amr Darrag, Wasat Party leader Tareq al-Malt, National Conscience Front representative Nevine Malak and rights activist Hoda Abdel Monem – met with the international delegates on Saturday, it said in a Sunday statement.

The pro-Morsy camp expressed its “total rejection of the statements given by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry which supported the military coup in clear violation of constitutional legitimacy known in democratic states, as well as emphasized the alliance’s rejection of foreign intervention in internal Egyptian affairs."

The statement also said that representatives of the alliance emphasized their support of legitimacy, which calls for the return of the ousted president and the Shura Council and the reinstatement of the suspended constitution. The alliance also said it condemns violence, including in the Sinai.

Reuters had reported, quoting Wasat's Tareq al-Malt, that the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies had shown the first signs of flexibility in talks, suggesting the alliance could be open to dialogue if army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was excluded.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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