Human rights report describes Egypt's regime as repressive
|Tuesday, September 21,2010 12:34|
A recent report from the American human rights organization published by Freedom House has listed Egypt as one of the most repressive countries worldwide. Activists who have continually faced and experienced government arrests detention and harassment over their calls for greater freedom and constitutional change maintain that the report comes as no surprise.
The report indicated that Egypt was included in the “non-free” states adding that it did not expect any improvement in the very near future in the freedom of rights department. Egypt was listed as “repressive” and compared to other countries such as China, Cuba, Pakistan, Russia and Sudan who also shared the same description.
Egypt was described as having “high rates of repression and lack of enjoyment of NGOs and civil society organizations of the freedom to practice their activities”.
Egyptian activist Baher Gomaa asserted that it was nearly impossible to voice opposition without being harassed adding that “The Egyptian government “is doing all it can to ensure it remains in power and they don’t care if this means imprisoning anyone who voices their opposition”.
Experiencing first hand injustice is the Muslim Brotherhood which poses as Egypt’s strongest political opposition enjoying wide popularity on the streets. As elections approach unjust detentions are expected in order to intimidate any could be candidates who run as independents and their supporters. MB members however have become accustomed to the state’s rituals.
The repressive actions of the state have Egyptian activists on edge with the latest torture case of Khaled Saeed from Alexandria receiving worldwide attention. Widespread police torture and corruption which is supported by the deplorable ‘emergency law’ has given officials the right to abuse citizens on the grounds they are protected by the law which has been in force since Mubarak assumed power 30 years ago.
According to Tom Sanchez, an American professor specializing in labor movements, Egypt is certainly facing a dilemma and must “overcome its ongoing workforce issues and end the atmosphere of putting them down or they will face a movement that will be unstoppable and threaten the economic system that Cairo has established".