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Egypt rights group says government has repeatedly violated the constitution, calls it a crime

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Egyptian riot police officers arrest a man following clashes between supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi and riot police in Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian rights group said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, that the government has repeatedly violated the country's new constitution, calling it a crime that must be addressed immediately. Authorities have rounded up thousands in a security crackdown following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Egyptian riot police officers arrest a man following clashes between supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi and riot police in Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian rights group said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, that the government has repeatedly violated the country's new constitution, calling it a crime that must be addressed immediately. Authorities have rounded up thousands in a security crackdown following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013  file photo, a protester is detained near a Cairo court where supporters of the April 6 youth group gathered to condemn the detention of 24 activists arrested Tuesday while taking part in a protest that was not authorized by authorities, in Cairo. Egypt. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian rights group said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, that the government has repeatedly violated the country's new constitution, calling it a crime that must be addressed immediately. Authorities have rounded up thousands in a security crackdown following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year.  (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, a protester is detained near a Cairo court where supporters of the April 6 youth group gathered to condemn the detention of 24 activists arrested Tuesday while taking part in a protest that was not authorized by authorities, in Cairo. Egypt. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian rights group said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, that the government has repeatedly violated the country's new constitution, calling it a crime that must be addressed immediately. Authorities have rounded up thousands in a security crackdown following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, a mortally wounded supporter of Egypt's ousted Islamist president is evacuated as another wounded protester lies in the street during clashes with security forces in the Mohandiseen district of Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian rights group said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, that the government has repeatedly violated the country's new constitution, calling it a crime that must be addressed immediately. Authorities have rounded up thousands in a security crackdown following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year.  (AP Photo/Eman Helal, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, a mortally wounded supporter of Egypt's ousted Islamist president is evacuated as another wounded protester lies in the street during clashes with security forces in the Mohandiseen district of Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian rights group said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, that the government has repeatedly violated the country's new constitution, calling it a crime that must be addressed immediately. Authorities have rounded up thousands in a security crackdown following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year. (AP Photo/Eman Helal, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Egyptian rights group says the government has repeatedly violated the country's constitution, mostly by cracking down on freedoms of expression and association.

In a report published Tuesday, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information described the violations as a "crime" that must be addressed immediately. It said over a dozen articles, mostly under the rights and freedoms section, were "blatantly" violated despite the government hailing the charter as "the constitution of freedoms."

The group said violations included detaining people in unknown locations for extended periods, torturing detainees, denying equal opportunities to citizens, and displacing residents who live on the border with the Gaza Strip.

The constitution, amended after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, passed with an overwhelming majority in January.