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Egyptian government slams HRW 'abuses' statement as "politicised"

Human Rights Watch on Monday published a statement condemning "human rights abuses" over the past year in Egypt

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jun 2015
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt’s foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on human rights in Egypt, describing it as “politicised” and lacking in “accuracy and objectivity”. 

HRW released a statement on Monday titled “Egypt: Year of Abuses Under El-Sisi” saying Egypt had witnessed “flagrant abuse of human rights” in the name of restoring stability since Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi assumed presidential office in June 2014.

The rights watchdog called on the US and Europe to “stop overlooking Egyptian government abuses, including a lack of accountability for many killings of protesters by security forces, mass detentions, military trials of civilians, hundreds of death sentences, and the forced eviction of thousands of families in the Sinai Peninsula.”

An Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson has said in a statement that HRW does not have “credibility” among Egyptians, as it has been “determined to promote lies and false information based on inaccurate undocumented data”. 

It also said that the organisation’s reports since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 have “targeted the Egyptian people and their will to achieve their aspirations”. 

Reports of police abuse have made headlines in recent months, with human rights advocates reporting an increasing number of cases in which detainees and prisoners are tortured. 

But Egypt's interior ministry has repeatedly maintained that it remains committed to upholding human rights values. 

On Sunday, In his monthly televised speech to the nation, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi apologised to Egyptian lawyers after one of them was physically assaulted by a policeman last week, an incident that sparked attorneys to hold a one-day nationwide strike.

 El-Sisi also apologised to “every Egyptian citizen who has been subject to any abuses” and called on policemen to exercise tolerance.

“Egyptians are our relatives, and no one should be harsh on their relatives,” El-Sisi said this week, while addressing Egypt's police.

On Saturday, an Egyptian court adjourned to July the trial of two police officers charged with torturing a lawyer to death at a police station in February.

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Sam Enslow
09-06-2015 09:43pm
Funny that HRW, Amnesty International and organizations like them are so good, so strong, when they criticise Israel for its treatment if Israel, but are political if they criticise Egypt.
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09-06-2015 09:27pm
Only under Morsi there were no human right abuses
Other wise Army has done human right abuses in Egypt since they came into power 80 years ago.
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09-06-2015 08:49pm
HRW abuses by the organization itself.
Time an again these organizations have proven to the world that they are not much more then left wing extremists. They are fast asleep when terrorists victimize regular every day innocent bystanders. BUT low and behold they wake up when ANY government goes after terrorists or hoodlums. The rights of terrorists is their number one concern. Boco harem, ISIS, Somali, or Muslim brotherhood terrorists. Well they just get a wink and a smile. So you wonder what kind of sick puppies run these politically motivated vile organizations. Last but not least who is financing them.
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09-06-2015 06:46pm
Honorable Man
Minister Shoukry is an honorable man, but forced to lie to support the “party line” ... Sir, when you say HRW are not OBJECTIVE sighting Police brutalities, torture, and justice mishaps; you are only taking one for the team; Honorable but not OBJECTIVE!
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