Press release

U.S. Arms Shipments to Egypt Undermine Egyptians' Basic Rights

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the United States lifting the arms freeze imposed on Egypt after the 2013 military coup.

Washington

In response to the United States lifting the arms freeze imposed on Egypt after the 2013 military coup, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The Administration’s decision to resume arms shipments undercuts the United States’ call for greater respect for freedom of speech and assembly in Egypt, where President el-Sisi’s government has jailed thousands of demonstrators for merely voicing opposition to its policies,” said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president. “Delivery of sophisticated weapons signals American support for the Egyptian government’s brutal repression, which exacerbates extremist violence.”

Egypt is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014The U.S. is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2014