Following a report by Human Rights Watch in which it claimed that Egyptian forces deliberately killed over 1,000 protestors on political grounds, Egypt said the group's investigations were illegal.
Last summer's deposing of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader and first democratically elected president (at least, in the non-lip service kind of way), brought back military rule to Egypt. As Human Rights Watch reported, it came a quite a cost including a "premeditated" campaign of violence against Islamist protestors and political opponents and the en masse quashing of free speech.
Here's the Egyptian government's response:
Human Rights Watch “does not enjoy any legal status that may allow it to operate in Egypt,” the government said in a statement responding to the report. “Conducting investigations, collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses without any legal backing are activities that constitute a flagrant violation of state sovereignty under international law.”
Human Rights Watch Director Ken Roth found the Egyptian response a little bit curious:
Life under Mohamed Morsi (and Hosni Mubarak before him) was hardly a tickertape parade of civil liberties and freedom from violence, but as the reports show, one year later, no one involved in last year's regime change has been prosecuted.
HRW @KenRoth: If Egypt "security forces can get away with this crime against humanity, we have every reason to believe they will repeat" it— Erin Cunningham (@erinmcunningham) August 12, 2014
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