Egypt’s Western allies were urged to publicly condemn the country’s upcoming “farcical” presidential elections on Tuesday after authorities detained an anti-corruption official and a former running mate of a challenger to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Fourteen international and Egyptian rights groups published a joint statement, accusing Sisi of having “trampled all over even the minimum requirements for free and fair elections.”

The NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists, called on the U.S., European Union (EU) and individual European countries to “denounce these farcical elections, rather than continue with largely unquestioning support for a government presiding over the country’s worst human rights crisis in decades.”

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