Statement on U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Decision to Release Suspended Military Aid to Egypt & the Responsibilities of US Civil Society

Source: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

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The undersigned independent Egyptian human rights organizations express our consternation over U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to release $195 million in suspended military aid to Egypt. Pompeo’s predecessor Rex Tillerson had withheld these funds, in part over human rights concerns. Secretary Pompeo has also informed Congress that he will invoke a national security waiver to avoid human rights conditions attached by Congress to a further $195 million of military assistance. He is yet to voice any criticism of human rights conditions in Egypt.

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