Rallies by supporters of toppled Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi have entered their third week as the opposing camp continues to defend the Islamist leader’s ouster, extending a standoff that risks wider instability.
Violence used by Syrian, Yemeni and Libyan leaders to curb pro-democracy protests is “shocking” and has led to widespread human-rights violations, said Navi Pillay , the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.
At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad more than two years ago sparked a civil war, the United Nations said in an analysis of casualties.
Syrian rebel groups based inside the country accused the exiled opposition of failing to represent the movement fighting Bashar al-Assad, complicating Russian and U.S. efforts to convene peace talks between the warring sides.
Syria’s opposition fighters must do more to respect the laws of war after an Internet video appeared to show a rebel leader mutilating and biting into the heart and liver of a dead enemy soldier, Human Rights Watch said.
Egyptian protesters calling for an end to army rule clashed with security forces in central Cairo for a fifth night as military pledges for a quicker power transfer to a civilian authority failed to end demonstrations.