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Obama administration harshly criticizes Egypt in report to Congress

AP , Monday 8 Jun 2015
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The Obama administration has sent Congress a report that harshly criticizes the Egyptian government for restricting free speech, arresting political opponents and undermining democracy.

Even so, the report also recommends the US continue sending it $1.3 billion in mostly military aid.

The report, quietly submitted to lawmakers last month, said that while Egypt has implemented some democratic reforms, "the overall trajectory of rights and democracy has been negative."

The report, which the administration was required to send to Congress, says human rights and civil activists have reported a "steadily shrinking space for political dissent."

It also says that, except in rare instances, police and security forces have not been held accountable for alleged human rights violations.

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Farid
09-06-2015 03:05pm
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Only One To Say
As one brave Egyptian woman said: "shut up your mouse Obama". Egypt with its over 5000 years experience as country will prevail, USA with its few hundred years history of creating worldwide chaos has thin chances of survival.
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
09-06-2015 12:48pm
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Very strange indeed
Who appointed the USA as a World Judge? Who gives the right to it to criticize anything in our country?? Before criticizing human rights in other countries they should remember Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons. They should Apologize for Iraq for killing a million Iragi civilian. USA, shut up and never to say a word about Egypt. We are not under your trusteeship ------ We are an independent sovereign free state.
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Key
08-06-2015 09:16pm
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Obama Supports Terrorism
Here we go again with those mental retards in the white house and their MB/ISIS dream to divide the ME. They’re like a flea that won’t die. The west shouldn’t be concerned about MB safety, because they are in good health and have gained weight since they were locked up in prison. Obviously being in prison, increased their appetite. They are well treated and protected. Besides, the day they are going to be hung, they will be asked for their last wish, what further democracy and justice do you guys want? The difference between US double standards and Egyptian true standards is that Egyptian law allows for an MB terrorist to ask for their last wish, they will be hung without torture, unlike what MB did to our civilians and soldiers. They are not going to be deprived from drops of water like they did to police officers and soldiers before slaughtering them in their own police stations. They are not going to be shot in the head or get stabbed in the back like they did to Egyptian soldiers while protecting our borders. They are not going to have their bodies torn or cut to small pieces like they did to our soldiers or kids for when they planted bombs in front of our children’s schools. Don’t worry Obama you’re the man who represents values and principles of ‘terrorism’ under the human rights banner. MB will not get humiliated while being executed for their crimes. It will not be nowhere near how you westerners blessed and applauded the humiliation of Saddam Hossein and Gaddafi when they were captured by your “freedom fighters”. Egypt’s current government applies a true rule of law and not your fake double standards type justice regardless of whether the defendant is a criminal or terrorist.
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mikou
09-06-2015 09:51am
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Obama Supports Terrorism
Bravo Key. nothing else to add, or maybe just Obama and crew should look more into their own so called democracy with their own people. What a joke
Steve
08-06-2015 11:10pm
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Question...
I just have a couple of questions for you: 1. It's been said that Morsi and others have been sentenced to be hanged for escaping prison back in 2011, correct? A simple question that I am looking for an answer to: Why is he being hanged for escaping prison? How in the world did you let him be president then? And 1 more bonus question.. Wouldn't it make sense to hang him for treason, killing protesters, etc. than escaping prison? Nothing makes sense anymore!
Allen
08-06-2015 10:34pm
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Only 208 fake votes from farhan??
You must be tentative today defending terrorists and their causes. But thanks for expressing the sentiments of the Muslim brotherhood terrorists. It reveals Obama attracts your element. That is why Key is right on target.
Farhan
08-06-2015 09:42pm
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Yeh, every body who talks about human rights is a terrorist
and who ever acts like Terrorist Baghdadi is a hero for you Nazis.
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Neo
08-06-2015 08:28pm
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Translation …
The US is unhappy with the cavalier Egyptian/Russian military exercise in the Med after giving Egypt $1.3b of free military ware. The US questions the Egyptian regression to Mubarak-era Policing Thugs. The US is unhappy with the Egyptian mediocre Justice. The US is unhappy with the Cabinet of Egypt doing literary nothing to rebuild the country in 12 month. The US is unhappy with the PM taking his sweet time to reenact the parliament. Is the US justified in these remarks, YES … Before we lash back, blame the “West”, or go personal for Obama, take a deep breath and evaluate ourselves!
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zakki
09-06-2015 07:54am
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stop the aid
Stop all aid to Egypt undemocratic dictatorship!!!
Sam Enslow
09-06-2015 05:20am
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Egypt doesn't pay
The US taxpayer pays for all US aid to Egyot' not Egypt. Egypt pays for arms from France and Russia.
Key
08-06-2015 10:00pm
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It's the other way round
Correction it's the US who benefits from The Aid to Egypt, more than Egypt does, because everything we get, we pay money for it. The US is the one who should thank Egypt. The employees who work in US arms factories are getting paid, because of the money they are getting from people like us, when Egypt is buying any weapons from the US. Cutting Aid to Egypt would put a US loss not the other way round
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