AFTE: The Egyptian regime’s actions negate dialogue with the opposition


The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression has issued its quarterly report, documenting human rights violations in conjunction with the start of the National Dialogue.

The rights group said that the actual practices of various state agencies, especially the security forces, do not reflect any seriousness of the political authority’s desire for a dialogue with the opposition and political reform. It said that the performance of the Presidential Pardon Committee is prolonged and based on unjustified selectivity and lack of standards. It added that the arrest of broadcaster Hala Fahmy and the issuance of long prison sentences against politicians, including former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, indicate a lack of political seriousness.

The report documented 24 violations of press and media freedom and 11 cases of arrest closely related to freedom of opinion and expression.