You may recall that a year ago this week (August 14 to be exact) the Egypt’s
coup interim government massacred about 600 or so pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters in two protester camps in Cairo, and then followed up by killing another couple hundred over the next few days. Well, now that Egypt is under a new, elected leadership, I’m sure it’s prepared to take a hard, critical look at its actions during that unfortunate per–
The executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member have been denied entry to Egypt after being held at Cairo’s international airport for 12 hours.
The rights activists had flown to Cairo for the release of a report to mark a year since the mass killing of an estimated 700 opposition protesters by security forces, in one of the deadliest incidents of its kind in decades.
“We came to Egypt to release a serious report on a serious subject that deserves serious attention from the Egyptian government,” Roth said in a statement.
“Rab’a massacre numbers rank with Tiananmen and Andijan but Egypt gov’t wouldn’t let me in to present report on it,” he wrote on Twitter.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Sarah Leah Whitson, said the decision to deny HRW entry into the country was one more signal of the attitude and disposition of the Egyptian government towards an independent and robust civil society.
Oh, well, or not then. Maybe Sisi’s government has something to say in its defense?
Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif said he had no immediate response to the barring of the Human Rights Watch executives or the report.
However, he said Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights had conducted its own investigation into the dispersals.
Hey, there you go. I’m sure the Egyptian government’s in-house investigation into its own actions will be totally Fair and Balanced, and every bit as transparent and fraud-free as, say, the election that carried President
for Life Sisi to office.