Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has recently claimed his government is unfairly maligned these days. According to him, human rights activists tell “lies” against Egypt. He calls it a strategy to promote a Western propaganda.
Shoukry even compared it with the Nazi propaganda. “Are we to return to the ideologies and the practices of [Joseph] Goebbels, where he says that if you repeat a lie sufficiently it becomes a truth?” he told Foreign Policy.
#Egypt gov’t wanted Sameh Shoukry to address criticism, make them look good. Instead he denied the truth, made them look the same. Nice.
— Amr Kotb (@AmrQotb) February 10, 2016
Human rights organisations have recorded a number of cases of alleged abuse since 2013, when President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Mohammed Morsi. Morsi was the first democratically elected leader of the country. His organisation, Muslim Brotherhood, is not banned in Egypt.
On Al Jazeera, Mohamad Elmasry referred to the exclusive interview. He says Egypt has become an “international laughing stock.” While the top diplomat of the country dismisses claims against his government’s human rights violation, he says Egypt is touted as a culprit while it should be considered a victim.
The death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student in Egypt, has sparked outrage. Concerns about human rights violation in Egypt are discussed once again.
— ICJ Peace (@ICJpeace) February 5, 2016
The graduate student went to the Middle Eastern country to do research on labour rights and trade unions. He disappeared on January 25, and his body was found around a week later. The BBC refers to a senior Egyptian prosecutor who says the body showed “clear signs” of torture.
Many accuse police of having been involved in the death. Egyptian authorities heavily deny it and call it “lies,” quite like the way Shoukry dismisses allegations against the government.
Many Egyptians believe such incidents are not uncommon in the country. Regeni’s case has got attention simply because he owns a foreign passport.
In May 2015, two men was seen escorting engineering student Islam Atitu, accused of being a terrorist by the government, from an exam hall. Next day, he was found dead.