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Following the announcement that the U.S. will withhold military aid to Egypt until it addresses human rights concerns, Adotei Akwei, advocacy director at Amnesty International USA, made the following statement:

β€œIt’s encouraging that the State Department is acknowledging the deteriorating state of human rights in Egypt and the grave implications for stability in the Middle East. However, the U.S. continues to transfer arms to Egypt that can be used to commit or facilitate human rights violations. Humvees, small arms, and tear gas provided by the U.S. are used to oppress critics of the Egyptian government and facilitate serious human rights violations like extra-judicial executions. To effectively make human rights a priority, these transfers must be suspended immediately.”

 

URGENT: Children seeking asylum in the U.S. are being denied their human rights based on their nationality β€” help ensure that all girls and boys fleeing violence can seek safety.