Egypt slams US State Department report on human rights

Adham Youssef
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The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday that the US State Department’s annual report on human rights only echoes the point of view of the US.

The report, which was published earlier this week, was described by a statement from the foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Ahmed Abou Zaid, as an American method that is based on internal regulations and that is not related to the legal context and structure which Egypt abides by.

According to the report published by the US Department of State, “the most common human rights problems were excessive use of force by security forces, deficiencies in due process, and the suppression of civil liberties. Excessive use of force included unlawful killings and torture.”

Abou Zaid added that the status of human rights in Egypt is regulated with clear constitutional measures and it is being regulated by national entities such as the parliament and the National Council for Human Rights.

The report cited the cases of the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni and Magdy Makeen, and other accusations, including the usage of military courts, forced disappearances, and impunity of officials accused of committing violations.

The US and other human rights watchdogs have repeatedly condemned the crackdown on Egyptian activists. It previously mentioned that Egypt unlawfully banned citizens from travelling abroad and conducted forced disappearance.

Despite continuous denials by the Ministry of Interior and other security agencies that forced disappearance and torture occurs in Egypt, accusations continue to flow. The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) documented cases of enforced disappearances in a report released earlier last year.


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