Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

U.S. overlooking backsliding on democracy in Egypt

In a New York Times editorial on Sunday, Egypt’s human rights abuses, and America’s minimal reaction to them were examined. The Time suggests that while Cairo is furthering its restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, the recent statements of the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt seem to indicate otherwise.

The Times writes that in a recent television interview in Cairo, the Ambassador, while appropriately acknowledging that “some infringements and violations” of human rights do exist, “declared himself ‘optimistic’ about democratic progress in Egypt, adding that the judiciary and the governments ‘commitment to the opinion of the common Egyptian citizen’ would carry the day.” According to the editorialist, “Happy talk and denial just damage America’s credibility and enable more repression.”

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