Organizations call Macron to condemn human rights abuses in Egypt during the G7 summit

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Several human rights groups on Thursday called on French President Emmanuel Macron to condemn human rights violations in Egypt at a Group of Seven summit in France this weekend in the presence of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

“Civil society in Egypt has been completely nationalized, and in the midst of an escalating human rights crisis, there have been major setbacks in the course of freedom of expression, assembly, association and the press,” said a statement signed by some 20 organizations including Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Egyptian associations. “It is also a very restricted political field, especially for political parties.”

After calling on the French president to call on Sisi to “allow Egyptian jurists to document abuses and lift the travel ban on them to communicate with the relevant multilateral mechanisms,” he considered that “these violations if passed without condemnation or condemnation, as if the G7 begins to ignore Sisi clear and full Field of human rights. ”

“Egyptian economic and social rights defenders, trade union activists, journalists, corruption scandals, women’s organizations, LGBT rights organizations and civil society in general have not escaped the recent waves of government repression of opposition forces,” the statement said.

The signatory organizations called on the French president to “urge President Sisi to drop all charges against human rights defenders and journalists arbitrarily detained, and release them unconditionally.”

It also called for “the immediate release of political detainees arrested for peaceful activities, and that those imprisoned political prisoners be tried or retried either without trial or after unfair trial proceedings.”

During his visit to Egypt in January, Macron urged Sisi to respect freedoms in Egypt, citing “bloggers, journalists and activists in prison.”

On the other hand, President Sisi stressed the need to maintain security and stability in the country.

Macron was criticized when he said during a meeting with Sisi in Paris in October 2017 that he did not want to “give lessons” to Sisi.

Egypt has been a major buyer of French arms and Paris has received arms orders from Egypt worth about 6 billion euros since 2015.

The G7 summit in Biarritz, southwest France, will bring together leaders from the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Several leaders of other countries, including Egypt, have been invited.

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