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Egypt expects US congressional hearing on country's human rights record to be 'biased': Ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Dec 2017
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Egypt said on Wednesday it predicts that an upcoming hearing on the human rights situation in Egypt by a US Congressional commission will be "biased."

The hearing by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which is titled 'Egypt: Human Rights Seven Years After the Revolution,' is set for Wednesday 9:30pm Cairo Local Time.

Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement that it expects the gathering to be a "new episode in deliberate distortion of the situation in Egypt."

The ministry added that the commission is deviating from the usual pattern of organising such meetings by failing to involve figures from diverse camps and restricting invitations to a list of American activists and analysts known for their "absolute bias" against the Egyptian government.

The US commission has said that expert witnesses will present testimony on the human rights situation in Egypt, and will offer recommendations on how the US administration can more effectively engage the Egyptian government on these issues.

The ministry said that the Egyptian embassy in Washington has urged Congress over the past weeks to invite a list of diverse speakers, and has been attempting to correct "misconceptions" about Egypt's human rights record.

Egypt has also urged balance in evaluations of its internal affairs and said that the security, economic and social challenges faced by the country should be taken into account.

The ministry also called on the US to work towards "rejuvenating Egyptian-US relations… at a time when stronger relations are needed to bolster security, stability and strengthen the international fight against terrorism in the Middle East."

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