Egypt claims HRW supports ‘practices of terrorism’
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CAIRO: Egypt condemns the “politicized and non-objective report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) over Human rights status under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s year one presidency, Foreign Finistry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said in a statement Tuesday.

“[The report] is not surprising as it is issued by an organization that is not credible to Egyptian public opinion and many countries of the world, as it is known to promote lies, misinformation and unfounded claims from sources that are unreliable and inaccurate,” he said.

Abdel Atty claimed that HRW supports “practices of terrorism,” as it is silent on operations targeting innocent civilians, officers, and judges.

One year into President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s term, HRW called on the U.S. and Europe to “stop overlooking Egyptian government abuses, including a lack of accountability for many killings of protesters by security forces, mass detentions, military trials of civilians, hundreds of death sentences, and the forced eviction of thousands of families in the Sinai Peninsula.”

HRW’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director, Joe strock, said that the “Continued silence from the United States and Europe legitimizes al-Sisi’s flawed logic that the state’s clampdown on its own citizens will yield stability, it’s not too late to push the Egyptian government to correct its course.”

“Attacks by insurgent groups increased in the North Sinai governorate immediately following Morsi’s removal, but both insurgent attacks and government arrests and violence have escalated sharply since an October 2014 attack on a military base there,” the report said.

HRW’s report comes simultaneously with a formal report issued by the U.S. administration and submitted to the U.S. Congress May 12, citing that “Egypt is moving away from Democracy, stifling freedom of expression, and failing to hold the security forces accountable for arbitrary or unlawful killings.”

New York Times reported Monday that the U.S. administration concluded that “Egypt is nevertheless too important to national security to end the roughly $1.5 billion a year it receives in an American aid.”

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