Egypt & EU do the HR dance

Yup, you read the headline correctly: EU severaly criticized Egypt and the Sisi regime over rampant human rights abuses and what was the response? Egypt went on the attack! The report, as reported by MadaMasr states:

“The EU continues to be worried about the deteriorating situation in Egypt, marked by indiscriminate detentions and disproportionate sentencing, including the death penalty.” Furthermore, the Eu is deeply concerned  ‘by the situation of human rights defenders and NGOs.”

But these allegations should come as no surprise to any watcher of the Egyptian scene. The facts are well documented that since July 3 when the coup unfolded 42,000 political prisoners now inhabit Egyptian jails, well over 1000 were massacred at Rabaa, personal freedoms are systematically trampled.

But the Egyptian regime, rather than delivering a severe blow to all opposition, then gradually easing back is choosing to go full tilt both domestically and in the foreign arena as evidenced by the response to the EU. Rather than offering explanation or apology the Sisi regime went on the offensive and called in the EU’s ambassador to Egypt. The only ‘defense’ was that Egypt faces ‘extraordinary circumstances’ and it attacked the EU’s ‘lack of objectivity’.

It would seem that, these days, the only one wearing the glasses of objectivity are those that inhabit the hallways of power in Egypt.


About Amr Khalifa

An analyst, a political comentator on the uber complex Egyptian and MENA scene. I may not have every answer but I know the questions to ask. When not publishing in Ahram Online, Mada Masr, Daily News Egypt and Muftah I love the dynamic of the short story. If you adore the written word you have come to the right place. Pull up a chair and join me for a cup of literary tea.
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