Human Rights Watch demands that Washington link aid to Egypt with its human rights record


On Friday, Human Rights Watch called on US lawmakers to pass a law linking military aid to Egypt with its human rights record.

This came in a statement of the international human rights organization (based in New York), commenting on the death of an American of Egyptian origin, Mustafa Qassem, a few days ago, in a prison south of Cairo.

The organization said: “Members of the Republican and Democratic parties in Congress spoke on Wednesday of Qassem’s death, and their anger was clear; but they should direct their anger towards preparing a law that links US military aid to Egypt with its human rights record and strips the Donald Trump administration of the ability to waive these conditions.” Law.

In the context, the organization mentioned the presence of other American citizens in Egyptian prisons, including Reem El-Desouki, an art teacher in the US state of Pennsylvania, who was arrested in August 2019 for her Facebook posts.

And last Monday night, Cairo announced the death of Qassem, who had already demanded his release in Washington last December.

While the American satellite channel Al-Hurra and local and international human rights organizations mentioned that Qassem died after his “hunger strike,” the Egyptian public prosecutor ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

Egyptian police arrested Qasim in August 2013 during the protests that accompanied the army’s overthrow of late Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

He was held for more than 5 years until his conviction and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in September 2018 as part of a mass trial involving more than 700 others.

Egypt rejects domestic and international human rights statements regarding a significant retreat in the file of detainees’ rights, and considers them as “lies”.


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