U.S. Withholding Military Aid to Egypt Until Human Rights Concerns Addressed
September 15, 2021
Cited article by Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters
The U.S. is withholding part of $300 million of military aid to Egypt. Since 2017, the U.S. has provided Egypt with approximately $1.3 billion annually in foreign assistance. Due to human rights concerns, the U.S. is now halting $170 million to Egypt and the remaining is being provided on conditions due to human rights abuses taking place.
Human rights groups are calling on the U.S. to halt funding altogether until Egypt addresses the concerns. Islamist groups have been targeted by the current Egyptian government, with reports of "tens of thousands" being detained, including leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group and secular activists.
HRRC supports the restriction of fiscal aid to governments committing human rights violations and joins other human rights organizations in advising for a total halt of funding until conditions are met.