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Wednesday, 27 January 2021

And so it begins?

More pressure on human rights could be coming from the US Congress: Two members of Congress formed a “Egypt Human Rights Caucus” to mark the 10th anniversary of the 25 January Revolution. The lawmakers behind the group — ex State Department officials Don Beyer and Tom Malinowski — say they will work to build bipartisan support to increase pressure on the Egyptian government.

Biden concerns: US President Joe Biden talked up human rights on the campaign trail, raising concerns in the process about close ties Egypt enjoyed under Trump. These were heightened by the appointment of Anthony Blinken to the top foreign policy job in the new administration: Blinken has in the past been critical about Egypt’s human rights record, and US insiders have suggested that the White House could apply direct pressure on Egypt.

All of this was too much for Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa, who attacked the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights for its silence towards the moves in the US and demanded that the Foreign Ministry mount a stronger response (watch, runtime: 3:05).

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