Freedom and Justice Party Statement: Human Rights Organizations Biased Against President Morsi

Freedom and Justice Party Statement: Human Rights Organizations Biased Against President Morsi

 Understandably, human rights organizations defend the rights of citizens irrespective of creed, doctrine, ​​social outlook or political orientation. In Egypt, however, we are plagued with a swarm of entities claiming to be human rights organizations or NGOs, when in fact they are motivated by ideological and political agendas and are devoted to serving their funders.

As Western countries are the source of the generous funding of these establishments, such NGOs have become the long arms of Western injustice that strive to eradicate the Islamic identity, discredit Islamist politicians and frustrate their efforts.

We will not mention, here, those so-called NGOs’ position towards Egypt’s democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, during his year in office, nor their stance on his human rights after the military coup, his abduction and his forced disappearance, nor for that matter their stance on all the injustice dealt to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) since the military coup.

Indeed, this statement is only a response to the report issued by fourteen NGOs that reviled Egypt’s Interior Ministry and the judiciary for corruption and perversion, describing them as the wings of injustice – which is unequivocally right. However, the said report is misleading, since it is based on improper comparisons between the number of dead and injured citizens in the reign of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF – just after the January 25, 2011 Revolution), the reign of President Mohamed Morsi, and the reign of general Al-Sisi (after the July 3, 2013 coup). Those NGOs stated that the death toll was 438 under SCAF, 470 under President Mohamed Morsi, and 2265 under general Al-Sisi until October 2013 only.

This assessment is fundamentally flawed. It lacks the most basic of scientific principles. Evidently, its purpose is to condemn President Mohamed Morsi and his reign, claiming that his regime was more murderous than the military junta (SCAF)’s, by saying that the death toll during his year in power was 470, comparing it wrongly with 432 during SCAF’s year and half.

In order for the comparison to be valid, we should focus on the number of people killed for political reasons, then classify these as victims and aggressors, to discern who is responsible for bloodshed in each case, and what is the regime’s responsibility.

For example, the reported number of dead in President Morsi’s time includes 110 victims of train collisions and car accidents (which is misleading). It also includes 39 victims of sectarian clashes and 10 security personnel killed in error, 28 killed in terrorist acts (bombings and assassinations) against the state, 7 victims of crackdowns on outlaws in northern Sinai, and others who are totally unrelated to the political system.

The website ‘ wiki.thawra’ (wiki revolution) first posted the supposed statistics adopted by the NGOs’ in their report, claiming that deaths in political clashes under President Morsi was 172. Even if we assume this figure is accurate, looking at the site’s detailed classification of these cases, we find the following:

– 49 deaths in the Port-Said Prison incident and 6 in the Port-Said Security Directorate incident. These cases cannot be classified as political situations, as they fell in service, defending the Port-Said Prison during the armed attempt by criminals to storm it to release other criminals convicted in the Port-Said Stadium massacre lawsuit, immediately after the verdict was announced, as well as in the defense of the Security Directorate HQ.

– 13 deaths in Itehadia Presidential Palace clashes. It is well-known now that ten of those were members of the Muslim Brotherhood (supporters of President Morsi and his government), and the other three were killed by mistake as they stood among those Brotherhood members when the so-called National Salvation Front members and thugs (hostile opponents of the regime) attacked them viciously.

– 64 deaths in thug attacks during events aiming to remove President Morsi, just before July 3, 2013 in many places across Egypt. Most of these, if not all, were supporters of Morsi and his regime, victims of brutal attacks by opponents of the regime.

– 26 deaths, according to the website, were killed in events during the anniversary of the Revolution. It is well-known now that those who attacked citizens as well as public and private property at the time were the so-called National Salvation Front’s Black Bloc militias.

– 2 deaths in the defense of Dakahlia Security Directorate.

If we exclude those cases, totaling 160 deaths, from the total 172, only 12 deaths remain. The website detailed those as follows. 6 were killed in what it called the Cairo Corniche clashes. Those clashes took place in March 2013, between Black Bloc gangs and the police, in front of Semiramis hotel. It is well-known that no-one was killed in those incidents, but many citizens and police officers were injured. Further, 4 were killed on the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes, while 2 were killed in the American Embassy events. These must be checked to establish whether they were supporters or opponents of the regime, and who killed them, and how.

These clear details, with numbers, reveal that the government, under President Mohamed Morsi, was not involved in any deliberate spilling of blood, although it suffered a lot of aggression against its supporters. The headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party, and also the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as the Presidential Palace, the home of the President himself, were all attacked. The People’s Assembly and the Shura Council (the two houses of Egypt’s parliament), and a number of provinces and security directorates, as well as the Supreme Court, and the homes of some of the supporters of the regime, were ferociously attacked, too.

Undoubtedly, President Mohamed Morsi’s year in power is the year when Egyptians enjoyed democracy and freedom like never before, despite misuse of this freedom by opponents of the regime.

This is made clearer by the number of deaths in political events under SCAF, estimated by ‘wiki revolution’ website as 235, all of whom were opponents of the junta regime, killed in political events, when compared with the number of deaths in political events in less than four months of general Sisi’s rule, estimated by the same website at 2273 deaths, all of them opponents of the coup regime, killed in political events (although we have reservations regarding this last figure, since various reports affirmed the actual death toll was higher).

Thus the above comparison shows that the death toll attributed to President Morsi’s year in office (470) is a deceptive figure that misinforms and misleads the reader, and is intended to tarnish the image of President Morsi and his reign.

Furthermore, one of the organizations involved in the preparation of that report had written its own report titled "Light on the Freedom Trail – Martyrs in the suspect first civilian president", in July 2013, the month in which President Morsi was abducted and held hostage at an undisclosed location, and before the trumped up accusations were ever made. If anything, this proves the said NGO’s deliberate intention to demonize the legitimate President Mohamed Morsi.