Twelve-Month Review of Post-Coup Egypt Illustrates Retreat from Democracy

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Marking the release of the June 2014 edition and a 12-month review of the Egypt Democracy Compass, Freedom House issued the following statement on the state of democratic governance in the country:

“In the year since the July 2013 coup, the monthly Egypt Democracy Compass has tracked the interim government’s abysmal failure to restore democracy in Egypt, and the past month was no exception. Although the authorities have taken basic procedural steps such as adopting a constitution and holding a presidential election, Egypt is now much farther from genuine democracy than it was immediately after the coup,” said Vanessa Tucker, vice president for analysis.

“Political pluralism has all but vanished following the bloody suppression and mass criminalization of the Muslim Brotherhood and parallel crackdowns on leftist and liberal activists. Access to unbiased information has been quashed as critical or independent media are shut down and the surviving outlets obediently toe the government line. And all of this has taken place in a shockingly arbitrary legal environment, with more than 16,000 political prisoners arrested, thousands tried in military courts, and detainees denied the most basic elements of due process. Sadly, given that Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been the de facto ruler for the past year, it is unlikely that the recent election will lead to a change in course.”

Egypt is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Egypt, visit:
Infographic: Year in Review: Egypt Democracy Compass
Egypt Democracy Compass 
Egypt's Imprisonment of Al Jazeera Journalists an Outrage
Freedom in the World 2014: Egypt
Freedom of the Press 2014: Egypt (draft report)
Freedom on the Net 2013: Egypt
Letter: U.S. Should Overhaul its Policy Toward Egypt
Blog: Giving Dictators a Veto on U.S. Democracy Aid
Blog: Kerry’s Blind Spot on Egypt

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