America ignores Sisi’s face polishing delegation in Washington… No blank checks for the dictator

The delegation sent by Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to Washington in order to polish his face and claim that there is an improvement in human rights, as evidenced by the launch of a fake strategy for human rights, faced great criticism of Egypt’s human rights file. .

The delegation was led by the so-called “international dialogue group” formed by the member of the coup parliament and the head of the Reform and Development Party, Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, who was appointed by the coup security services in the recent formation of the government’s Human Rights Council, and with him was Mushira Khattab, the former minister who was appointed head of the National Council for Rights Human”.

Senior American officials refused to meet with the delegation and sent the assistant secretary of state to meet with him. Congressional representatives refused to meet with the delegation and issued statements calling on Egypt to lift repression, killing, arrests, and release detainees, and assured the delegation that there are no blank checks for the dictator.

Al-Sisi’s delegation sought to convince the Americans of its importance in the Middle East, following its role in ending the war between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation last May, and its role in the files of Gaza reconstruction and the Palestinian prisoner crisis.

The US State Department criticizes

The US State Department expressed its concerns about human rights to the Egyptian delegation. The US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, “expressed American concerns about the human rights situation in Egypt, and confirmed in a press conference that the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Yael Lambert, met in Washington with members of the The Working Group of the International Dialogue Group in Egypt.

Price pointed out that “the United States has concerns about human rights in Egypt and said we have expressed our concerns directly to the Egyptian authorities and on several occasions.”

During his visit to Egypt last week, the US President’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, raised the human rights file with Sisi, according to what the White House announced.

The State Department said that “Washington is discussing serious concerns about human rights in Egypt, adding that Secretary Anthony Blinken will release $130 million from a $300 million tranche, in addition to $1.3 billion in military aid, if Cairo addresses the human rights situation.”

12 organizations: Go home

Congressional representatives refused to meet with the Egyptian delegation, and 12 American and Egyptian organizations issued an extensive statement calling on congressional representatives not to meet with Sadat’s delegation and Musira Khattab, which aims to polish Sisi’s face.

They said, “The Egyptian delegation led by Mohamed El-Sadat is visiting the United States to promote Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s human rights record and polish his image, and what they are doing is a coordinated effort to improve Egypt’s image in the field of human rights, not in fact improving Egypt’s treatment of human rights.”

They emphasized that “Al-Sisi continues to imprison more than 60,000 political prisoners, execute political prisoners, and uses enforced disappearance to torture and kill detainees.”

Egypt also holds family members of activists and journalists as hostages. These retaliatory arrests are well documented with regard to the relatives of the journalist Moataz Matar, the artist Hisham Abdullah, the two activists Mona Al-Shazly and Ghada Naguib, the prisoner Abdel-Rahman Al-Shuwaikh, the poet Abdel-Rahman Youssef Al-Qaradawi, the Islamic preacher Dr. Youssef Al-Qaradawi, and the government minister Dr. Muhammad Mahsoub. “.

“Egypt’s poor human rights record has been described in detail in the 2021 reports issued by the US State Department, Amnesty International and other reputable organizations,” she said.

If Egypt is sincere in changing its image, it should make real changes in its human rights practices, releasing political prisoners, releasing hostages and halting executions.

They emphasized that “if the United States continues to support the Sisi regime, it supports regional instability, hostility to the United States, illegal immigration, and international terrorism.”

Human rights strategy ink on paper

American newspapers attacked the Egyptian delegation and criticized the escalating repression in Egypt. The Washington Post said that “the human rights strategy that Egypt recently launched is a dead letter, not a real reform gesture.”

She said, “The National Human Rights Strategy, some expected to be a partial breakthrough after lean years in which prisons held thousands of prisoners of conscience, but this step is tantamount to casting ashes in the eyes of the West.”

It quoted Laila Soueif, the mother of imprisoned activists, Alaa Seif Abdel-Fattah, and his sister, Sana, that “the bulk of the strategy talks all the time about the human rights that came in the constitution, but the constitution itself is not implemented in the first place.”

“The administration of US President Joe Biden does not trust Sisi and is skeptical of what he announces, so it announced the freezing of $130 million in aid,” said David Bullock, a senior researcher at the Washington Institute and a former adviser to the US State Department.

wholesale convictions

A group of 19 human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House, have previously condemned the human rights file in Egypt and considered that Biden’s support for the Sisi regime and the release of $130 million in aid is a betrayal of his commitments to the human rights file in Egypt. Egypt”.

Under the title “Five Questions for the Egyptian Delegation Coming to Washington,” a human rights organization directed five questions to the Egyptian delegation coming to Washington from the Sadat Dialogue Committee to polish Sisi.

“Is it a real opportunity for human rights reforms or just more whitewashing of the image of President Sisi and the Egyptian government?” said the Organization for Democracy in the Arab World.

She asked, “Why does the House of Representatives refuse to investigate the widespread violations of human rights committed by the Egyptian security forces and police?”

The organization said, “US officials and elected representatives meeting with the delegation, headed by newly appointed National Council for Human Rights member and former member of Parliament Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, should ask members of the delegation questions about the systematic violations of human rights in Egypt to ensure that the Egyptian government understands that the presence of A public relations strategy devoid of serious human rights reforms will be rejected.

And the five questions that she said, “US officials and elected representatives should ask members of the Egyptian delegation, according to the organization are.”

  1. What concrete steps is the Egyptian government taking to end the imprisonment of more than 60,000 political prisoners who are held in Egyptian prisons or who are being held indefinitely in pretrial detention, including issuing a decision to freeze sentences for political prisoners facing execution after being convicted of death in sham trials?
  2. Will Egypt hold the security forces accountable for the crimes of enforced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial killing? How many security officers were sentenced to prison terms for mass killings of protesters in 2013?
  3. How will Parliament consider the expanding economic power of the Egyptian army after the army’s presence has become so entrenched in commercial and government activities that it distorts the Egyptian economy?
  4. Why does the House of Representatives refuse to investigate the widespread violations of human rights committed by the Egyptian security forces and police?
  5. When will Sisi end the endless state of emergency and allow real reform of civil society and the public sphere in Egypt, including respect for minimum standards of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly?


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