Egyptian Revolutionary Council Letter to Obama Warns Against Sisi, Junta Terror
|Thursday, February 19,2015 19:34|
To: The President of the United States
Our contention is a simple one. The reason terrorism finds appeal among a minority in the Middle East is in no small part due to the region's autocratic regimes that themselves in oppressing their citizens effectively employ terrorist tactics. The aborted Arab Spring was the first real blow against terrorism in the region, and which regrettably has been reversed.
We represent a coalition of pro democracy groups and individuals from Egypt who like your founding fathers believe that all of us are endowed with certain unalienable rights among which are the rights to life and liberty.
In considering extremism, we therefore urge you to consider the extremism of a despotic state such as that of General Sisi and the disastrous effect it has, and will have on the region for decades to come. Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International report that the regime has murdered thousands of innocent unarmed protestors. Both accept that the regime has imprisoned thousands of dissidents. There are well documented cases of torture and more horrifyingly of rape of dissidents, including children. The freedom of the press and of association has been abolished while the State controlled Media is openly inciting towards sectarian and civil violence.
As such, the Sisi government is dangerous, destabilising and is quickly becoming itself a core source of extremism in the region and by its actions an instigator of terrorism.
Head, The Egyptian Revolutionary Council