Egypt’s parliament decries Human Rights Watch's 'false' reports

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 15 Jan 2022

Tarek Radwan, head of Egyptian parliament's Human Rights Committee, launched a scathing attack against the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), accusing it of repeatedly publishing false reports about the situation of human rights in Egypt.

File photo: Egyptian parliament (Photo: Reuters)

In a statement on Saturday, Radwan said "it is really sorrowful that HRW has become involved in publishing lies and poisonous allegations about Egypt. I am sure these reports are written by the ink of the terrorist organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood."

Radwan was referring to a report issued by HRW on Egypt two days ago under the title "No End to Systematic Repression in Egypt." 

"This report comes immediately following the impressive and unprecedented success of the World Youth Forum, which was held under the patronage of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh last week," said Radwan, adding that "this success made HRW and the forces of darkness, evil, and terrorism get mad and mobilise to target Egypt through false and baseless reports." 

Radwan said Egyptian officials, primarily President El-Sisi, have been keen to stand up to HRW's 'false reports', doing all that is necessary to refute the allegations and baseless claims cited in these reports. 

"As usual, the Egyptian people will condemn the reports of this dubious organisation so that they finally find their way to the dustbin," said Radwan, adding that "HWR has lost credibility as a neutral and objective human rights organisation as it chose to be an official mouthpiece for the terrorist group of the Muslim Brotherhood." 

He concluded that "history will reveal that the terrorist group of the Muslim Brotherhood is the major sponsor of the poisonous reports issued by HRW."

In a report on 13 January, HRW said that in 2021 Egypt continued its policy of "arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and torture of real or suspected political activists as well as ordinary citizens."

In response to HRW's allegations, El-Sisi told an international press conference in Sharm El-Sheikh on 13 January that most of the reports circulated by Western media and organisations about "enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings,  torture, and detention of political activists" are by no means accurate.

"For those who claim that there are forced disappearances in Egypt, let me tell them please provide us with accurate lists or statements about these cases and I am ready at once to form a fact-finding committee to investigate this," said El-Sisi.

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