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EGYPT – State protests accusations of human rights abuses

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The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi ©UN News

The Egyptian government is struggling to digest accusations of human rights violations brought by 31 countries to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. Thus, the Egyptian Parliament and Senate completely rejected these accusations this Saturday, March 13, 2021. For them, Egypt has only applied the anti-terrorism laws, which justifies the deprivation of the freedoms of certain citizens. In any case, such accusations brought by these 31 countries including France and the United States constitute a first international condemnation since 2014.

The Egyptian Senate is convinced that the rights of citizens are respected. The arrests noted all over the country follow a violation of the laws in force throughout the country. “No lawyer, journalist (…) or human rights activist is detained unless he has committed a crime justifying the actions taken against him, through a trial or a fair investigation conducted by (a power) fully judicial independent from the executive, ”the Egyptian Senate said in a statement.

The UN accuses Egypt of using anti-terrorism laws to establish a dictatorial state that violates freedoms of expression and opinion. Laws used as a pretext to muzzle opponents of the regime, rights defenders and journalists.

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Since 2013, the year of the dismissal by the army of President Mohamed Morsi belonging to the Islamic movement, and the coming to power in 2014 of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, some Egyptian citizens have been regularly persecuted and killed. ‘others are put in jail for expressing their opinion. According to NGOs, Egypt has more than 60,000 prisoners of conscience. The head of state, for his part, rejects any form of opposition, Islamist or liberal. “The Egyptian state has only used anti-terrorism laws against those who have committed terrorist crimes, as universally recognized,” the Senate added. “

The Egyptian authorities are thus offended by this trial against Egypt by the UN. They find that the government has done a lot in terms of respect for freedom of opinion and the security of people and their property. “Egypt’s efforts to maintain security and stability not only within (the country) but also in the region (…) and to improve the standard of living of Egyptian citizens.” they declared.

       

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