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Amnesty International slams repressive government "roadmap" in Egypt

The human rights group Amnesty International has published a 50-page briefing on Egypt titled “Egypt: Roadmap to repression: No end in sight for human rights violations”. The report accuses Egypt’s interim government of unprecedented rights violations and repressive policies that squandered the gains of the January 25 revolution.

“Egypt has witnessed a series of damaging blows to human rights and state violence on an unprecedented scale over the last seven months. Three years on, the demands of the ’25 January Revolution’ for dignity and human rights seem further away than ever. Several of its architects are behind bars and repression and impunity are the order of the day,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

Moreover, the report criticised the crackdown on both secular and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, dismissing it as “politically motivated”.

It also accused Egyptian interim government of “using all branches of the state to trample on human rights and quash dissent, armed with repressive legislation and aided by unaccountable security forces, as well as a judicial system that punishes government critics while allowing human rights violators to walk free.”

“Unless the authorities change course and comply with commitments to respect human rights and the rule of law, the future of Egypt looks bleak and the hopes of the “25 January Revolution” have little chance of becoming a reality,” the report added.

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