In light of 56 American lawmakers calling for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to release immediately and unconditionally the activists, politicians and journalists, episode (10/19/2020) of the “Beyond the News” program asked about the indications that the message bears.
Lawmakers singled out those who languished in Egyptian prisons, and alluded in their letter to Sisi to the impact of Cairo’s disregard for human rights on its relations with Washington and US aid to Egypt.
For his part, the head of the political science department at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Khalil Al-Anani, said that the timing of the message coincides with the US presidential elections, considering that the message to the Sisi regime is the escalation of democratic discourse related to non-tolerance in cases of human rights violation.
However, in the long run, Al-Anani considered that the message had no great importance, because it was selective in its dealings with political detainees, because it did not indicate the names of many political detainees in Egypt.
He added that its wording does not exceed the limits of the message, as it is not a policy and did not indicate the possibility of introducing legislation in the US Congress to convert its content into action. Therefore, he expected that Egyptian authorities You will not take it seriously, especially in light of the strong relationship between the Egyptian regime and the American administration.
In the same context, Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University William Lawrence said that this letter is very detailed and accuses Egypt of imprisoning, arresting and killing prisoners before their trial, due to the conditions of their detention, especially in light of the Corona pandemic, explaining that the message may not have a direct impact, But it could represent a step before a military aid cutoff, especially if Joe Biden wins the presidential election.
And he expected that the Trump administration – if he wins – will in turn pressure the Defense Department and other aspects of the US government to reduce information by up to 10% or more.
On the other hand, the human rights defender and political researcher Asaad Haykal said that waving the aid paper is a usual thing from America, but its use at the present time is nothing but a strategy used in the American elections, considering that the Egyptian authorities have a law that allows the release of prisoners as well as handing over convicts, especially those who hold American citizenship, such as Aya Hijazi and Muhammad Sultan.
He added that the discrimination of American citizens without other Egyptians is not unfair, because the matter is due to the authority’s assessments regarding the supreme interest of the state, stressing that defending the Muslim Brotherhood or providing assistance to it in light of the political conditions that Egypt has lived would harm the interest Country.