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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Egypt says, US Practices Double Standards on Human Rights

Daya Gamage - US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

New York, NY. 09 November (Asiantribune.com): The questionable human rights practices of the United States, the sole super power who sits on judgment of human rights practices of other countries, is now under scrutiny by its own allies: The latest being Egypt.

Bush administration's nominee for the U.S. Attorney General retired judge Mucasey could not tell the Senate Judiciary Committee which testified him last week whether "waterboarding" which is suspected to be widely used by U.S. intelligence officials when interrogating terrorist suspects under their custody amounts to torture. The practice of "waterboarding" is prohibited by the Geneva Convention as a form of torture, and a century ago the U.S. court system admitted it as a form of torture.

The Bush administration would not confirm or deny whether it has authorized 'waterboarding'.

Nevertheless, the United States endeavors to impose high human rights standards on other countries often tying it to foreign economic assistance.

The latest to criticize this U.S. practice of double standards is its close ally Egypt. This Middle East country's U.N. ambassador singled out the U.S. of its practice of double standard.

The Egyptian ambassador did not name the U.S. but gave a hint. Then who named the U.S.? The Information Department of the Government of Egypt in its official web portal interpreted the ambassador's reference in the following manner:

"Egypt yesterday extended stern warnings to the Human Rights Council because of the stringent attempts made by some countries to impose their guardianship on the issues of Human Rights in the world, in a clear indication to the United States of America."

As much as many countries around the world indirectly tell this, Egypt, whose friendship and cooperation is very much valued by the U.S., was not reluctant to tell the U.S. its double standard. The significance is that Egypt's Information Department chose to give the interpretation to the ambassador's statement.

Egypt is one of the few countries, despite their questionable human rights practices, that receive billions of military assistance from the United States. Despite the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution last year highly critical of the blatant violations of human rights in Ethiopia, this African Horn country, which is a close ally of the United States in its Global War On Terrorism (GWOT), continues to get millions of dollars worth military assistance. So is Indonesia, despite the U.S. Congress many a time censored this most populous Muslim country's serious violation of human rights, gets increased military assistance from the U.S.

Here is the full text of what the Information Department of the Government of Egypt carried in its official web portal:

"Egypt yesterday extended stern warnings to the (UN) Human Rights Council because of the Stringent attempts made by some countries to impose their guardianship on the issues of Human Rights in the world, in a clear indication to the United States of America.

"Egypt's permanent delegate to the United Nations, Ambassador Maged Abdel-Fattah, said that these countries perpetrate human rights' violations on their territories at the same time in which they endeavor to impose their own concepts of human rights as internationally approved standards.

"The ambassador accused these countries, which he did not identify, of unleashing from an illusionary sense of superiority and excellence, according to his words.

"But this will eventually be conducive to more deterioration of the international dealings with the human rights conditions, added Maged Abdel Fattah."

- Asian Tribune -

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