Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Tue109 2018

Last update19:14 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Issues > Activites
Clinton Promises Dialogue with Egypt on Democracy
Clinton Promises Dialogue with Egypt on Democracy
Before her meeting with a group of Egyptian democracy activists, Secretary Clinton was asked by a reporter about Egypt’s progress on human rights and democracy. Although she avoided addressing that question directly, she did say that she does raise human rights and democracy issues with the Egyptian government:
Saturday, May 30,2009 06:49
by Eoghan pomed.org

Before her meeting with a group of Egyptian democracy activists, Secretary Clinton was asked by a reporter about Egypt’s progress on human rights and democracy. Although she avoided addressing that question directly, she did say that she does raise human rights and democracy issues with the Egyptian government:

“Well, we always raise democracy and human rights. It is a core pillar of American foreign policy. And I think that there is a great awareness on the part of the Egyptian Government that with young people like this and with enhanced communications, it is in Egypt’s interest to move more toward democracy and to exhibit more respect for human rights. And so we’re going to continue to engage in that dialogue. Under Secretary Bill Burns will be going to Egypt soon to put in place a framework for a comprehensive discussion between our two countries on the whole range of issues.”

The approach Clinton outlined parallels the “strategic dialogue” on political reform that Greg Aftandilian called for in POMED’s recent policy paper on U.S.-Egypt relations. But Clinton also made a troubling comparison between funding for democracy assistance and funding for economic development:

“And we are very committed to doing what we can to promote economic opportunity inside Egypt. We consider that a key part of our providing assistance to Egypt. We’ve spent, as you know, many billions of dollars over the last years promoting NGOs, promoting democracy, good governance, rule of law. And I want to stress economic opportunity because out of economic opportunity comes confidence, comes a recognition that people can chart their own future.”

The United States does not spend “many billions of dollars” on democracy assistance in Egypt. In 2008, the State Department spent roughly $55 million on democracy assistance in Egypt, and under Clinton, funding has been reduced to around $20 million annually. The Secretary’s remarks suggest a shift in emphasis away from assistance for civil society groups working to promote democratic reform toward economic development aid.

Human Rights First released a report today which, like Aftandilian’s paper, called for the U.S. to set up a multilateral framework for engaging the Egyptian government in a partnership to promote political reform. The organization said the U.S. should publicly call on Egypt to hold a free presidential election in 2011 and urge Egypt to repeal the multi-decade state of emergency. In addition, “President Obama should meet publicly with representatives of independent civil society organizations while he is in Egypt and voice his support for human rights defenders who face harassment, restrictions, baseless prosecutions and defamation in the officially controlled media

 

The Source


Posted in Activites , Human Rights  
Add Comment Send to Friend Print
Related Articles
Obama’s Balancing Act
Obama Speech Puts Egypt On Center Stage
Egyptian reform activists wary of Obama’s visit to Cairo
Egyptians split over Obama visit
MB: It’s Premature to Judge Obama’s Visit Before It Begins
Large Delegation, Mostly Americans Launch Campain Urging Obama To Visit Gaza From Egypt
Obama Told to Support Mideast Democracy
Questions that left unanswered by Obama in Turkey
1,350 Experts and Leaders Urge President Obama to Support HR and Democracy in the Middle East
Hamas: Statements of Netanyahu and Obama on Jerusalem, RoR old and rejected
Obama and the wrong side of history: Bernd Debusmann
What will Obama say in Egypt?
Katatni: MB Would Welcome Effective Debate With Obama During His Visit
Akbar Ahmed and Andrew Natsios sign Open Letter to President Obama
Obama chooses Egypt
Kefaya, opposition forces to stage protests during upcoming Obama visit
Cairo is the wrong choice for Obama
Obama’s Choice Shows Egypt’s Role
Obama’s Arab ratings: Six-nation survey
Egyptians Hold Least Favorable Veiws of Obama
Obama picks Egypt for Muslim address
Obama Approval High Among Muslims, Jews, and Catholics
Will Obama’s Administration Reconsider its Hamas Stance
Obama asks for modification in US law to talk to Hamas
The Crisis That Could Bring Down Obama
Obama’s speech at Turkish parliament
Morsy: Obama’s Message to the Muslim World a Talk about Unknown Future
Obama’s on-target message to Muslims
Debating Democracy in the Obama Era
More Reactions to Obama’s Ankara Speech