Sisi’s Way Tom Stevenson on Egypt’s prisons (LRB)

Prison

It’s no secret that Hosni Mubarak’s regime was repressive. Yet although in its treatment of prisoners and many other ways besides, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s is worse, statesmen around the world praise its role in Egypt’s ‘democratic transition’. When John Kerry visited Cairo last year he reported that Sisi had given him ‘a very strong sense of his commitment to human rights’. These issues, he said, were ‘very much’ on Sisi’s mind. For more than thirty years it was US policy to support autocratic government in Egypt as a route to ‘regional security’. The US backed Mubarak’s regime until its very last days; even during the mass protests of January 2011, the US hoped Mubarak could survive if he made political concessions. Mubarak is gone, but the US Defense Department’s links with the Egyptian military – long-standing and solid – have remained. Officials are steadily restoring the flow of aid and equipment that was temporarily suspended in the wake of the coup: there is no serious ‘human rights’ issue for Washington.”

Read the full article at: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n04/tom-stevenson/sisis-way?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=16165260&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8s8sUbTrMNefXKBSZjvz2YD9BxXP9y_JIt-5hwOr50rLzJNV4COgd02wScPLz4uydtk3VAM8LaqvEh5ozgvkOd-u54_A&_hsmi=16165260

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