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.