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There may be trouble ahead......

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Trouble seems to be brewing on the diplomatic front for Egypt. Not only has Sisi lost his greatest fan in US, the Italians are seeking to try the murderers of student Regeni in absentia, but now Britain’s foreign minister is getting involved In the recent aarrests of human rights workers.

By Vivian Yee
Nov. 19, 2020

CAIRO — The executive director of one of Egypt’s leading human rights organizations was arrested Thursday night, the group said, joining two staff members detained earlier this week and thousands of opposition figures, protesters and activists already in prison.

The rights group, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, is one of the few remaining organizations that openly advocate for basic freedoms in Egypt, where the government under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has silenced most dissent over the past six years.

Mr. el-Sisi had found an ally in President Trump, who has called Mr. el-Sisi his “favorite dictator,” but Egypt’s human rights record may put him on shakier ground with the incoming Biden administration. Mr. el-Sisi recently released a handful of political prisoners, hired high-profile lobbyists in Washington and rushed to congratulate President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. before any other Arab leader.

Yet the latest arrests make clear that Egypt’s political crackdown goes on.

The human rights group said its director, Gasser Abdel-Razek, was arrested at his home in Cairo on Thursday evening, four days after the arrest of the group’s office manager, Mohamed Basheer, and a day after that of its criminal justice director, Kareem Ennarah. Mr. Basheer was taken from his home, and Mr. Ennarah was arrested while on vacation at a Red Sea beach resort.

Mr. Basheer and Mr. Ennarah are being held for 15 days on terrorism-related charges, which the group said included accusations of joining a terrorist organization and spreading false information. Egyptian government prosecutors added them as defendants to a case against prominent activists, human rights lawyers and journalists that was already underway.

The group called Mr. Basheer’s arrest on Sunday an “unprecedented escalation” and part of an “ongoing crackdown that aims to intimidate and scare legal and human rights professionals as well as social and political activists.”

Egyptian authorities have not detailed the exact reasons for the arrests, though the group had met on Nov. 3 with more than a dozen ambassadors and diplomats, most of them from Europe, to discuss human rights issues. The meeting had been no secret: The group posted a photo of it on Facebook.

European diplomats from the countries represented at the meeting are now pushing the government to release the men.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, raised the arrests in a call with Egypt’s foreign minister this week. The French foreign ministry issued a statement expressing “deep concern,” drawing a sharp retort from the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs, whose spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slapped away the French statement as “interference” in Egypt’s affairs.

Mr. Hafez said that “the Egyptian state respects the rule of law,” the ministry said in its own statement. “Those working in any field should be compliant with the laws regulating that field,” he added, “and those who violate the regulations are held accountable.” ... rrest.html

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All the time getting foriegn aid.....ha ha
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Cyprus 1976:
At the order of Congress, reluctant American foreign-aid administrators have for many years been allotting at least $15 million in annual economic assistance to Cyprus, whose standard of living is on a par with that of southern Europe.

Following a request by Cyprus on 25 June 2012, the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed an economic adjustment programme with the Cypriot authorities on 2 April 2013. The programme was agreed by euro area countries on 24 April 2013 and by the IMF Board on 15 May 2013. It covered the period 2013-16. The financial package covered up to €10 billion with the ESM providing up to €9 billion, and the IMF contributing around €1 billion.

Between 2006 and 2020, €591 million has been allocated for projects under the Aid Programme. The programme aims to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus by encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community. It is managed by the Commission’s DG REFORM.

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