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Egypt justifies barring HRW entry, US says 'disappointed'
Egyptian authorities say they barred HRW's entry because it failed to comply with regulations
Ahram Online, Tuesday 12 Aug 2014
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Kenneth Roth
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. (Reuters)

The Egyptian government says it barred entry of Human Rights Watch members because the organisation did not follow proper regulations and perceived itself as an 'entity above the law'.

Egyptian authorities had barred on Monday the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth and Middle East and North Africa director, Sarah Leah Whitson from entering Egypt at the Cairo International Airport on account of not having a "legal basis' for entry.

The New York based human rights watchdog organization was planning to hold a press conference in Cairo to publish its final report about the dispersal of sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares last August, which it described as ‘an action that amounts to crimes against humanity’.

The statement, released on the ministry's official Facebook account, said HRW had previously withdrawn their request to obtain a work license in Egypt as a foreign NGO, which is required by the Egyptian law.

The statement also recounted that HRW requested to arrange a meeting with Egyptian officials in August regarding the release of their report on the dispersal.

The Egyptian officials postponed the meeting to September, saying that they are still keen to cooperate with HRW but to also wanted to 'maintain the state’s sovereign rights', the statement added.

Egyptian officials, according to the statement, emphasised to HRW the necessity of obtaining an entry visa from Egyptian consulates abroad and that they can not enter the country using a tourism via, as it is contradictory to the reasons, already stated by HRW, for their visit.

"This is consistent with the approach pursued by the organization, as it perceives itself as an entity above the law and not subject to its provisions," the interior ministry's statement read.

Meanwhile, The US State Department slammed the decision of the Egyptian authorities, describing the actions as 'disappointing'.

"It is critical for civil society organizations, both Egyptian and international, to be able to work freely in Egypt. We are disappointed that these individuals were not allowed to do so" said Marie Herf, the deputy spokesperson of the State Department in the daily press briefing in Washington on Monday. 

"As we have repeatedly said, we continue to have serious concerns regarding the events of last August and encourage the Egyptian government to conduct transparent investigations." Herf added.





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Nihal El-Sayed
14-08-2014 11:32pm
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It's Egypt's right!
Egypt is a sovereign nation with rights of any nation to turn away someone they do not want let into their country – for a variety of reasons! Using the words “crime against humanity” are very harsh. The US doesn’t support international court of justice because there are people who point fingers at the US and say they violated international law. Also, organizations that work within countries must follow that country’s law. The fact that HRW withdrew their request to obtain a work license is breaking the law, period.
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George Kent
14-08-2014 01:55am
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Hang in There Egypt
The law is the law. Good for Egypt sticking to their principles Bah on the US state department for being "disappointed". It's their law stupid State dept needs to mind their own business
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Jenny
20-08-2014 03:58pm
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You guys are right
America's government has some self entitlement issues as well as some of it's protesters. Fingers are pointed to this country and should be.
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Allen
13-08-2014 05:00pm
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Pointing the finger.
When you give yourself the job of pointing the finger every which way in a country you know nothing about.... You eventually get pointed to the nearest plane out where ever you came from.
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Azzithowfik
13-08-2014 01:01pm
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As a leader SISI is the final authority.
We Egyptians are saved by Al Sisi from Muslim brotherhood thugs who conspired to ruin this country. For this what ever steps Al Sisi has taken, the whole Egypt supports it. If any one dares, the whole of Egypt will rise up and confront the whole world.
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Anwar Fahmi
15-08-2014 11:44am
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Sissi will soon be trampled on by the people of Egypt
I give him a few months, not more than six months. He will die a violent death. Read my lips.
Ahmad Noor
15-08-2014 11:42am
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Egypt was ruined by fifty years of CORRUPT RULE
THe MB ruled rather superficially for a few months. They didn't ruine Egypt as some ignorant idiotd keep saying. . They simply tried to rectify 60 years of corruption by Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak. Claiming otherwise, is tantamount to committing an act of lewdness with truth and history.
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aboujafar
13-08-2014 12:08pm
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Not good
This isn't good, because it's going to give Egypt the appearance that it is trying to cover up a crime.
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Erin
12-08-2014 04:04pm
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Just the facts
Egyptian security forces likely committed crimes against humanity by carrying out mass killings of anti-government demonstrators in Cairo last summer, and President Sissi should be investigated for his role in the atrocities, Human Rights Watch said. Egyptian authorities presided over “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history” when they unleashed security forces to disperse 2 large pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on Aug. 14, leaving between 800 to 1,100 people dead, the report says.
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Khan
12-08-2014 02:54pm
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Lol
If HRW is reall worker of human rights then should take sisi to the icc court..because sisi did murder and othetrs countries keepi g quit ....sisi insult Human Rightd insult human been..ruling by force and by west
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