Police detain a supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi during clashes in central Cairo August 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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There has recently been a "significant escalation" in Egypt's crackdown on social dissent, the UN said Tuesday, warning that arbitrary detention in the country had become a "chronic problem".Since 2013, international human rights groups have criticised President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government for cracking down on secular and left-wing activists, as well as Islamists close to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.Personalities involved in the January 2011 popular uprising that brought down president Hosni Mubarak are among those who have been detained, including blogger and journalist Wael Abbas and Shadi Ghazali Harb one of the youth leaders during the 2011 revolution.In many of the recent cases, those arrested were not presented with a warrant, the UN said.
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