Egypt slams annual U.S. human rights report, says “it lacks credibility”
Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egypt rejected the annual report released Thursday by the U.S. department of state on human rights practices in Egypt in 2014, saying “it is inaccurate and lacks credibility.”

“No country has the right to appoint itself an authority evaluating other countries[….] such report, which has tackled human rights situation in the world and has been submitted to the [U.S.] Congress, has no value to other countries,” The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

“Each country would better focus on the situations of its own societies, rectify its course and correct its own mistake and irregularities,” the statement read.

The seven-chapter part of Egypt in the report listed human rights irregularities, including the excessive use e of force by security forces, restrictions on freedoms of expression and limitation of due process in trials.

“Other human rights problems included disappearances; harsh prison conditions; arbitrary arrests; a judiciary that in some cases appeared to arrive at outcomes not supported by publicly available evidence or that seemed to reflect political motivations,” the report read.

Egypt’s statement said that the report’s criticism of judiciary system is a “slur” against its independence.

The report also slammed corruptions, restrictions on civil society organizations, harassment of and societal discrimination against women and girls, child abuse, military trials for civilians.

“Although the report showed balance in some positive aspects, it did not give an adequate space to review the government’s efforts to improve human rights situation, work conditions, women empowerment, and to combat corruption,” Egypt’s statement said.

On June 7, media outlets revealed that President Barak Obama’s administration has submitted the Congress a report criticizing Egypt’s “democratic trajectory.”

Both countries have committed human rights irregulars; in an interview with Germany’s ZDF channel June 6, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi admitted that police officers have committed irregularities, meanwhile a number of U.S. states have recently witnessed riots and protests over racial discrimination issues.

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