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Egypt criticises 'US appointing itself human rights advocate'

Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman denounced Saturday the US 'appointing itself a lawyer and an advocate for human rights issues' in the world without a 'legitimate base'

Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Mar 2014
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Spokesman for the Egyptian foreign minister Badr Abdel-Ati
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Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman denounced Saturday the US "appointing itself a lawyer and an advocate for human rights issues in the world without a legitimate base," Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

Badr Abdel-Ati, in a press conference, commented on the US's annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, saying the report is "unbalanced and non-objective."

The report, issued in late February, said the most significant human rights problems were the "removal of an elected civilian government," referring to the removal of Mohamed Morsi from office on 3 July following mass protests on 30 June.

The spokesman said that the report's claim of the removal of Morsi is incorrect as "tens of millions of Egyptians took to the streets on 30 June to demand early presidential elections."

Abdel-Ati said the US's omission of the protests leading to Morsi's ouster shows that the report is not accurate and doesn't reflect reality.

He further accused the US of double standard as it highlights human rights violations in Egypt and the world, while the US has its own violations, such as bugging phones and the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The 2013 Egypt US Country Report on Human Rights Practices, according to Abdel-Ati, overlooked the "terrorism" Egypt is facing and the violence against the state, innocent civilians and army and police personnel.

Instead, Abdel-Ati said, the US report points to "unlawful killings and torture" by security forces.  

Abdel-Ati said Egypt could understand if the report was issued by the United Nations or a human rights organisation. However, according to Abdel-Ati, a report issued by the US State Department shows that the US wants to appoint itself as a judge and advocate for human rights in the world.

US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are based on "factual reporting from [US] embassies and posts abroad" and are mandated by the US Congress, and cover almost 200 countries and territories.

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bknot1
04-03-2014 10:45am
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It funny to me how everyone thinks the U.S. is "appointing itself a lawyer and an advocate for human rights issues in the world without a legitimate base" as the article indicates..and some comments are not posted.. SMH.. anywho One - U.S. releases this report every year (since 1999)for all countries that U.S. Embassies are located and on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974. Two - It is a report to our Congress that is made public. Three - Don't chose two or three statement's from the report and claim the report is false. It states humans right violations against Morsi and the interim government durening 2013.
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Shireef
03-03-2014 05:24pm
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To whom it may concern, I am an American-Egyptian living in America. I can tell you that I agree and disagree with this article at the same time. America really should be the last country in this world to declare itself a "human rights advocate/lawyer." And this is coming from an American. Now the Egyptian side of me is saying, "Egypt is no better!" What I mean by that is after the overthrow of Morsi and the clearing of Nahda and Rabia, Egypt is fighting to this day "Terrorism." I say to you Egyptians, "Wake up!" I will say this regarding terrorism: America invented it and what you have in Egypt is not terrorism. Agree to disagree with me, but won't terrorists be carrying guns and bombs and destroying everything in its path for the military to stop them like what's going on in Syria? For the record, I have not been nor will I ever be part of the Muslim Brotherhood and the same goes for the military (I am 100 % against Sissi and his cronies). God bless Egypt!
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Samantha Criscione
02-03-2014 12:37pm
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And what about Ukraine?
While the U.S. government condemns the removal by tens of millions of people of the Morsi government, which was controlled by the clerical fascist Brotherhood, the ultimate abusers, it supports the removal of the majority-elected Ukrainian government, a removal carried out by a relative handful of people, dominated by extremely violent fascist groups (Right Sector, Svoboda and the like). An odd view of human rights. -- Samantha Criscione
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Parsa
02-03-2014 04:28pm
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This is a seriously skewed interpretation of what happened in Urkaine. Judging by the protests even in Kharkiv and the fact that the Party of the Regions ditched Yanukoych, it is clear that a majority came to opposed the ex-president. In any case, Yanukoych committed atrocities against dissidents like Egypt is now doing. Simply put, slaughter protesters and the world isn't going to praise it, regardless of the excsues made up to defend it. The world is moving beyond barbaric dark age militarism.
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Sam Enslow
02-03-2014 11:06am
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US Publishes what it wants
The US will publish what it wants. The public document is prepared for the US - not Egypt. As far as not discussing the protest actions by The Brothers, the report concerns itself with government actions. It did criticize The Brothers when they were the government. How can Egypt claim that the "US does it too" as an excuse? Gitmo is wrong and so are civil rights abuses in Egypt or anywhere else. In ten years I have yet read any favorable media coverage of the US in Egypt. All problems of Egypt are somehow caused by the US, a fact, if it were true, doesn't say much about the politicians who ruled Egypt for the last 60 years. The objections to the report do not deny its claims, only that the claims were published. Thomas Jefferson noted, "Those that sacrifice Liberty in the name of Security get neither."
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
02-03-2014 10:36am
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DOUBLE STANDARD
IN CASE SPEAKING ABOUT THE AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY, ALL MEASURES ARE TO BE TAKEN. BUT FOR OTHER COUNTRIES PROTECTING THEIR NATIONAL SECURITY, USA IS CARRYING WEAPON OF HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS AGAINST THEM. ALL REPORTS OF USA SPEAKING ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS BUT NOT A WORD ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF 90 MILLION EGYPTIANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE AND SECURITY. THEY NEVER SPEAK ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIMS OF EKHWAN TERROR . THEY NEVER SPOKE ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF IRAQI PEOPLE WHOM THEY KILLED 2 MILLION OF.A STATE THAT HAS GUANTANMU PRISON TILL MOMENT, HAS NO RIGHT TO SPEAK ABOUT ANY HUMAN RIGHTS.
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