Back to the complete issue
Sunday, 27 November 2022

European Parliament, local MPs exchange harsh words over human rights

The EU isn’t happy with our human rights record: The European Parliament last week released a resolution criticizing Egypt’s human rights record and calling for a “review of the EU’s relations with Egypt in light of the very limited progress on Egypt’s human rights record and of its crackdown on dissent, despite continuing support from European partners.” The joint motion — which seems to have already been debated and passed by European lawmakers — also called for the immediate and unconditional release of a number of political activists, journalists, lawyers and social media influencers, including British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah.

Egyptian MPs push back: Egyptian parliament members attacked the resolution for being “arrogant,” “politicized” and full of “misguided information,” they said in a statement cited by Ahram Online. They pointed to a number of factual inaccuracies in the statement, including that our years-long state of emergency is still in effect, despite President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ending it last year, and that Egypt sentences minors to the death penalty, which the MPs said is banned under legislation protecting children. “Let us advise the EP that instead of using undocumented and misguided information about the situation of human rights in Egypt, it is better for its members to focus on the challenges facing human rights in the European Union countries … We see there is a systematic violation of human rights among EU countries,” the statement said.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; and Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt.