Broken Promises: Egypt's Military Rulers Erode Human Rights

Nov. 28, 2011, 4:41 p.m.

Amnesty International published a report outlining human rights abuses by Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) since they took control of the government in January. The report outlines incidents of torture and execution, denials of the right to peaceably assemble, and efforts to silence critics in the press and in civil society. The full report can be found here.

This report documents how the rhetoric has obscured the increasing suppression of people who dare to defy, question or criticize Egypt’s military rulers. SCAF promised to end the state of emergency, but has instead expanded the Emergency Law to stamp out dissent. The abusive State Security Investigations Service was ostensibly abolished, but thousands of civilians have been unfairly tried by military courts. SCAF promised to uphold freedoms of expression, association and assembly, but criticism of the military has been suppressed in print, on television and online; human rights organizations have been investigated; strikes have been banned; and peaceful demonstrators have been arbitrarily arrested, tortured and forcibly dispersed.

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