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HRW condemns as politically driven Egypt's decision to tag Brotherhood 'terrorist group'

Human Rights Watch says no proof has been given that the Muslim Brotherhood is involved in terrorist acts

Ahram Online, Saturday 28 Dec 2013
the new Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo
FILE - In this April 30, 2011 file photo, Egyptian Muslim brotherhood Shura council members gather to be photographed outside the new Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)
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Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised Saturday the interim Egyptian government’s decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, arguing the decision is politically driven.

"The Egyptian government’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation appears to be aimed at expanding the crackdown on peaceful Brotherhood activities and imposing harsh sanctions on its supporters," HRW stated, urging the government to reverse its decision.  

The statement further argued that the government blamed the Brotherhood for the Mansoura bombing Tuesday without any evidence or a proper investigation.

The government's decision came after a bomb attack targeted the Security Directorate of Mansoura in the Nile Delta, 24 December. The Brotherhood condemned the blast while a Sinai-based militant group, Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The rights watchdog expressed the belief that the government’s decision to deem the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation came solely to end all Brotherhood activities as part of a clampdown on the group.

In a press statement Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa said the cabinet declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group, making it subject to Article 86 of the Egyptian penal code, which defines terrorism and the penalties for engaging in it.

Eissa said the deadly bombing in Mansoura, as well as recent attacks on churches and other violent incidents attributed to members of the group, led to the decision.

According to an interior ministry statement, those who participate in Brotherhood demonstrations could face up to five years in prison while those who lead them may face the death penalty.

The government had also stated that promoting and funding the Brotherhood will be subject to criminal sanction. Since Wednesday, the “Egyptian authorities intensified their crackdown against the Brotherhood,” HRW stated.

The rights group also condemned the freezing of funds believed to be linked to the Brotherhood.

"On 23 December, Al-Ahram reported that the Central Bank had frozen the bank accounts of over 1,000 non-governmental organisations reportedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. This announcement so drastically affects health services in Egypt, much of which are Brotherhood-linked charities," HRW said.

"The government’s assault on the Brotherhood has gone beyond clamping down on peaceful political activities to curtailing desperately needed health services and schools for ordinary Egyptians," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at HRW, said. "There seems to be no end to this wave of oppression."

"Egyptians can and should debate the sincerity and extent of the Muslim Brotherhood’s commitment to democracy, but the unrelenting repression of the group flouts fundamental human rights and freedoms," Whitson said.

A government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood following the dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in August landed hundreds of Brotherhood members in jail on charges of inciting violence.

Since August, the country has witnessed an increasing number of militant attacks on policemen and military personnel.

The Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly denied any links to militant attacks against the government.

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Karim
29-12-2013 07:09am
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HRW are a joke
They're just another face of a government (or group of governments) who want nothing but a weakened Egypt. You can't see all the ddestruction and killing which has been sanctioned by the brotherhood and call them peaceful. Recurring violence beyond a certain point becomes terrorism. Period. For God's sake, they were calling for the killing of fellow Egyptians simply because they had a different point of view from them and supported the June 30 revolution. If anything, HRW should be classified as an organization that supports terrorism.
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Farhan
29-12-2013 02:06am
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Even Hitler didn't kill his own people like this.
These people are ultra fascist extremists, They have no right to rule Egypt, They are destroying, by sidelining millions of MB they are going to create hundreds of thousands terrorists who won't hesitate in taking violence actions because military has killed some of their innocent kins. Terrorist Sissy is going to start civil war in Egypt.
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Democracia
29-12-2013 11:19pm
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Insult on Human intelligence
Your headline shows that you have ABSOLUTELY no idea about Hitler, so please leave him out of the game. Your comment is just too stupid and an insult and an attack on human inelligence
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Samantha Criscione
29-12-2013 12:57am
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It is HRW's encouragement of terror that is politically driven
Brotherhood spokesman El Beltagy made it perfectly clear that the Brotherhood is behind the terror when he told Brotherhood supporters six months ago that the moment Morsi was restored to power, the terror in Sinai would cease. -- Samantha Criscione
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Micah Shapiro
29-12-2013 03:03pm
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No
Not really, El Beltagy was just telling the truth. Many non-Muslim analysts said the exact same thing and still continue to say the same. You just want to read it as a threat or point of evidence that Brotherhood control the situation. Actually they are just talking about cause-and-effect. Fix the situation to fix the terror problem in Sinai. Real common sense.
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Ahlam
28-12-2013 07:16pm
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We all know the MB is innocent
We also know that the real terrorist entity is the Sisi junta which murdered thousands and arrested thousands and tortured thousands unjustly. But the world keeps ignoring this cardinal fact.
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ashok
28-12-2013 04:36pm
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hypocrite.........
@key its not your fault the soup leaders are brain washing the Egyptian people via the media about M B being terrorist ,they being demonizing brotherhood after the soup daily on all channels speakers are branding them terrorist day and night so its natural that even while sleeping you talk MB is terrorist i mean WOW, but its not good for Egypt future ,have you heard tale of child calling wolf wolf to scare people many times then people didnt trust the child and wold camd for real nobody came to help the child the wolf ate all his sheep same like now soup leaders crying terrorist terrorist but what will happen when real terrorist comes right now they are at your doorstep(libya,syria,leb,sinai) what will happen to egypt like syria,iraq,libya i guess you people are heading same way with full speed best of luck
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Jon
28-12-2013 04:19pm
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Another vision, not terrorism
The brotherhood has a different vision for Egypt than the current establishment. But to brand the country's biggest political party "terrorist" is of course laughable. Are all the millions of Egyptians that voted for the party in the 2011 parliamentary election and their candidate Morsi in the 2012 election terrorists? The brotherhood is oppressed not because they are terrorist, because no evidence whatsoever exists for this allegation, neither are they persecuted for their religiously inspired politics, but because they are a perceived threat to the privileges, kickbacks, bribes and sweet deals of the current elite.
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sabr
28-12-2013 03:30pm
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HRW is true
HRW represent s what human thinks on Egypt. All accusition to MB are political issue launched by illegal non democratic coup regime. How come MB the biggest charity group in Egypt that support many Egyptian health and education is terrorist. This is only happened with illegal coup regime who want to protect their illegal power.
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Farhan
29-12-2013 02:11am
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These people are allying with anti-Muslim fascists of America
Michell Bachmann who is know for her staunch anti-Muslim speeches was given state honor twice after the coup, She was in Egypt immedialtly after coup and again last month. She met with all top leaders including Sissy. Even American presidential candidate Ron Paul said in a live shows that she hates Muslims and she is out to get them. Such people are staunch allies of these terrorists in Egypt. You can imagine what is going to happen to Egyptian Muslims if this continues like this.
Allen
28-12-2013 08:14pm
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Mistake number one... Considering MB terrorists humans
The only reason the brotherhood terrorists have been involved in charity work was to recruit poor and simple minded followers to do its dierty work of terrorizing egyptians
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Key
28-12-2013 02:21pm
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Egyptians Condemn HRW's Protective Position for MB
@amir - The brotherhood cult was a terrorist organization before this above incident occurred. They have been involved in terrorist activities from their inception so why justify their absence in this act of violence without acknowledging their past terrorist activities? Killing former President Anwar El-Sadat, hiding weapons and killing non-cult members in Raba’a, shooting freely at civilians, bombing buses and government buildings, throwing teenagers off of buildings in Alexandria and then decapitating their head doesn’t deem your beloved CULT is and always will be a terrorist organization? Is this what Prophet Mohamad (Piece and blessings be upon him) did to preach Islam? You, what you stand for, and what HRW stands for need rehabilitation from the sickness that runs through your vains. The 'soup' government that you call is a little late in the game to declare your "beloved Cult" a terror organization.
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Morgan
28-12-2013 12:15pm
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HRW plays dumb
We beg for the HRW to maybe suggest who THEY think are behind all these terrorists attacks... OR maybe they can shut the hell up and allow the Egyptians to sort this out with their own intelligence (common sense). Seriously, it doesn't take a CSI investigation to put the dots together here... EVERYBODY already knows who the terrorists are in Eygpt... THE MB!
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Farhan
29-12-2013 02:13am
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Only thugs can rule with power of guns
If you people had real belief in Egyptian people than you would have gone for elections keeping MB intact.
999
28-12-2013 07:20pm
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Allen: You are so illogical that people can't take you seriously
The MB are Egypt's future. Sisi and junta are Egypt's disgrace
Albert
28-12-2013 03:24pm
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Down with so called human rights organizations
They are in fact the enemies of the human rights of the egyptian people and affiliated with the terrorist brotherhood.
amir
28-12-2013 01:02pm
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unbeliever
wow i guess you went to witch last night and she old you that MB was behind great you are not living in 18 century, its a purely political stance because of referendum and the current soup government would have lost so they decided to brand M B as terrorist for political gains, but unfortunately you are creating hot bed for al Quida they will love whats happening in Egypt right now and will find very easy recruit from hard-line MB youth who will be more hardened by the soup war crimes against men women and children the future is very very bad for Egypt so sorry to say
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