Egyptian human rights groups condemned the decision of the administration of US President Joe Biden to grant Egypt $170 million in military aid to the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, accusing the administration of granting permission for his government to continue committing human rights violations without fear of repercussions.
Yesterday, Politico revealed that “the Biden administration decided to withhold part of the aid due to human rights concerns.”
However, in a statement published today, 14 rights groups called the decision “a shocking blow to the Biden administration’s stated commitment to human rights and the rule of law.”
“The decision demonstrated that Biden’s dedication to human rights was not sincere,” the groups said, adding, by immediately releasing $170 million and temporarily withholding the remaining $130 million, the administration sidesteps the intent of Congress, which passed legislation clearly stating that $300 million should be withheld. From U.S. military assistance until Egypt takes steps to strengthen the rule of law, implement reforms that protect basic freedoms, and hold Egyptian security forces accountable.”
The statement was signed by the Committee for Justice (CFJ), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), Egyptian Front for Human Rights, Egyptian Forum for Human Rights, EuroMed Rights, Freedom Initiative, Human Rights First, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), International Service for Human Rights, Middle East and North Africa Rights Group, PEN America, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP).
The groups called on the US Congress to pressure Biden not to repeat such a decision in the future, saying that “the decision violates the intention of Congress and threatens the human rights of Egyptians and further weakens the position of the United States on rights issues.”
Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.
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