In a letter endorsed by Homeland For All, Democracy for Egypt, CODEPINK, Gandhi’s Be Magazine, Gandhi Global Center For Peace, and Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide, Human Rights Organizations release a joint Executive Summary entitled “America at a Crossroads with Foreign Relations to Egypt” to all 535 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives outlining the deteriorating state of democracy and human rights in Egypt since el-Sisi seized power by coup d’etat in July 2013 and the immediate need to review the $1.5 billion of unconditional, unmonitored foreign military aid the U.S. sends to Egypt each year.
With the impending visit of Egypt’s General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House, Human Rights Organizations have released a joint Executive Summary “America at a Crossroads with Foreign Relations to Egypt” (PDF attached) to all 535 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives outlining the deteriorating state of democracy and human rights in Egypt since el-Sisi seized power by coup d’etat in July 2013.
In a letter endorsed by Homeland For All, Democracy for Egypt, CODEPINK, Gandhi’s Be Magazine, Gandhi Global Center For Peace, and Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide, Human Rights Organizations urge the U.S. Congress to not meet with Egypt’s coup d’etat leader and instead consider the following course of action: 1) Suspend and review the $1.5 billion in unconditional, unmonitored foreign military aid the United States sends to Egypt each year, 2) Investigate and demand an end to the gross human rights violations—including enforced disappearances, imprisonment, torture, and execution—that have occurred over the past four years and have been extensively investigated and documented by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and 3) Implement and enforce conditions on any future foreign aid based on the release of all political prisoners incarcerated during the reign of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
While el-Sisi claims to be a strategic partner in the U.S. war on terrorism, in the four years since he seized control of Egypt by coup d’etat, the ensuing state of tyranny and the lack of security and stability have resulted in a complete breakdown of Egyptian civil society and its basic freedoms and human rights—and this has only served to breed more violence and extremist terrorism than ever before. As a result, the United States and other Western countries have seen a surge of Egyptian refugees—all in search of a more secure and stable life for themselves and their families.
As el-Sisi plans to meet with the President of the United States at the White House, now is the time for the United States Congress to weigh seriously the ramifications of the State’s alliance with Egypt moving forward. The United States cannot afford to undermine its own commitment to democracy, freedom, and human rights by continuing to send unconditional military aid to Egypt, or to increase those funds as el-Sisi may be seeking during his upcoming visit with the President of the United States.Final – Executive Summary – America at a Crossroads with Foreign Relations to Egypt
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