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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Human rights top coverage of Egypt in the foreign press

Human rights top coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning. Rights advocates tell NPR that the US’ decision to resume military aid to Egypt “sends all of the wrong signals to [Egypt] that the rhetoric about human rights is merely lip service.” The disbursement of the aid, they say, might be the end of any leverage the US has to push the Egyptian government on improving its human rights track record and allowing civil society to operate freely. This comes as Amnesty International issued yesterday a statement decrying Egyptian activist Amal Fahmy’s arrest for speaking out against [redacted] harassment as a “shocking case of injustice.” Meanwhile, Chicago radio station WBEZ discusses David Kirkpatrick’s book on Egypt’s revolutions, Into the Hands of the Soldiers.

Other headlines worth noting in brief:

  • A former diplomat of whom we’ve never heard in the past says he will hold some form of protest in Tahrir Square on 31 August if the Sisi administration does not call a referendum on its own performance, according to the Associated Press.
  • Asharq Al-Awsat recaps the “series of dramatic events” at the monasteries of Wadi El Natroun, including the murder of a bishop and a monk’s suicide attempt.

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