Egypt Blasts HRW Over Report on Rights Abuses

Egypt says Human Rights Watch report condemning it of "flagrant human rights abuses" victimizes Egypt.

Ben Ariel ,

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt on Tuesday lashed out at a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report condemning "flagrant human rights abuses" during the first year of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's rule, AFP reports.

The watchdog released its report on the first anniversary of the inauguration of Sisi, who was sworn in on June 8, 2014, after having ousted his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

"The report is politicized and lacks the basic rules of precision and objectivity," the foreign ministry said in a statement, accusing HRW of “victimizing” Egypt.

The report reflected HRW's "endorsement of terrorist operations and supports those who carry out acts of violence", charged the ministry.

It also accused the New York-based group of "leading a systematic campaign against Egypt".

HRW charged Monday that "over the past year, Sisi and his cabinet have provided near total impunity for security force abuses and issued a raft of laws that severely curtailed civil and political rights".

Since the Egyptian army ousted Morsi, there has been a crackdown on supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

As part of that crackdown, Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of alleged Brotherhood supporters to death in recent months, many in mass trials condemned by foreign governments and rights groups as violating international law.

Rights groups accuse Sisi of establishing a regime more repressive than that of former president Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in a 2011 popular uprising.

HRW’s accusations surfaced a day after The Associated Press (AP) revealed the contents of a report sent by the Obama administration to Congress, which accuses the Egyptian government of undermining democracy.

The report recommends, however, that the U.S. continue sending Egypt $1.3 billion in mostly military aid.