File- House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal at Monday session, July 16, 2018- Egypt Today/Hazem Abdel-Samad
CAIRO – 10 June 2019: Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal criticized the New York-based Human Rights Watch for being politicized and for violations it commits against the charter it was based on.
During a session on Sunday, Abdel Aal accused the international non-governmental organization of seeking to remove regimes, saying that it has already contributed to demolishing the regime in many countries.
He also asserted that the HRW has a clear program against the stability of the countries, and that its reports are always biased to terrorism.
"I advise not to waste our time reading such reports. The people of Sinai are honorable and have expressed their patriotism in many situations, and they are true and strong supporters of the army and police," Abdel Aal said.
Abdel Aal also criticized those who are responsible for providing this organization with misleading reports at home and abroad, according to him, stressing that all honorable people are not concerned about these reports.
This comes shortly after the HRW accused the Egyptian army in Sinai as well as the militants fought by the army of committing human rights violations including war crimes.
Egypt has blocked the HRW's website in September 2017, only one day after the organization released a report concerning alleged systematic torture inside Egyptian jails.
Parliament's Human Rights Committee member Mohamed al-Koumi said earlier that everyone is now aware that Human Rights Watch holds a hostile attitude towards the Egyptian state, and that its reports are "funded".
Koumi accused the "alliance of evil people including the [Muslim] Brotherhood and the states sponsoring the terrorist organization" of being behind the issuance of such "false reports" which aim at obstructing the development of the Egyptian state.
The Egyptian authorities designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December 2013, a few months after the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated former President Mohamed Morsi and the dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins.
CAIRO – 3 June 2019: The State Information Service (SIS) has issued a detailed report responding to “false allegations” made in a report released by Human Rights Watch on May 28 on the situation in Sinai, claiming abuses committed by the army amid its war on terrorism.