Al Sisi: on human rights “we do not accept European diktats”
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared that Egypt will not bow to any European “diktat” regarding respect for human rights, while today the trial of four intelligence officers begins in the Rebibbia bunker room Egyptians for the kidnapping and murder of Giulio Regeni.
Speaking at the summit of the countries of the Visegrad group held in Budapest, the Egyptian president declared that “Egypt respects its people and does not submit to any diktat”. A message resumed yesterday by several Egyptian newspapers, including the government newspapers Al Ahram and Al Gomhuria.
“We don’t need anyone to tell us that our human rights standards involve violations. I am responsible for 100 million souls, it is not an easy thing, ”said the Egyptian president during the meeting between the heads of state and government of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
According to the independent newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, al-Sisi “told the leaders of the summit: you are dealing with a state that respects itself and fully respects its people”, adding that “in Egypt there is a power that does not submit to any diktat ”and that“ our European friends ”must“ understand what is happening in Egypt ”.
In September, al-Sisi declared that imposing on Egypt a protection of human rights considered valid in Western countries represents a “dictatorial approach”.
According to Human Rights Watch, under the presidency of former chief of staff al-Sisi, Egypt is going through “the worst human rights crisis in many decades”. In the country, tens of thousands of opponents and dissidents are still incarcerated for political reasons and serious crimes such as torture and enforced disappearances are committed with “impunity”, according to the US NGO.
Today in Rome the trial for the disappearance and murder of Giulio Regeni, a researcher tortured and killed in 2016 in Egypt, opens in which four leaders of the Egyptian security services are accused in absentia. They are General Sabir Tariq and Colonels Usham Helmi, Athar Kamel Mohamed Ibrahim and Magdi Ibrahim Abdelal Sharif. The Egyptian authorities have never provided useful addresses to inform them of the proceedings.