Obama administration harshly criticizes Egypt in report to Congress

AP , Monday 8 Jun 2015

US President Barack Obama (Photo: AP)

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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