Cairo, 12 Ramadan 1436/29 June 2015 (MINA) – Egypt has lashed out at a US report criticising its human rights record, saying that the report included “misinformation and exaggerations.”
In its annual report on human rights on Thursday, the US State Department said that Cairo was stifling free and open media and the development of civil society through the imprisonment of journalists, bloggers and non-violent critics.
The report said the Egyptian government often used excessive force to disperse both peaceful and non-peaceful demonstrations. Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports as quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
The report also highlighted the mass trials of opponents and the arrest of thousands of protesters during anti-government rallies.
But the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a Friday statement that the US report was based on “information taken from NGOs that lack credibility and accuracy.”
“The report is far from being accurate and credible,” the ministry said.
It went on to say that the report failed to highlight efforts by the Egyptian government to improve the status of human rights and working conditions, empowering women and fighting poverty.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a report released Thursday that Egyptian authorities were holding 18 journalists behind bars, the highest number in the Arab country since record keeping began in 1990.
Egypt has been in the throes of turmoil since the military overthrew elected President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 coup.
Since Morsi’s ouster, Egyptian authorities have carried out a relentless crackdown on dissent that has mainly targeted the ousted president’s supporters, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars. (T/P002/R03)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)