State Department gives low marks to Egypt

Feb. 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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CAIRO, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The post-revolution political landscape in Egypt is characterized by censorship and a general lack of full participation, the U.S. State Department said.

The U.S. State Department published its annual human rights reports Thursday. Its country profile for Egypt said one of the "most significant human rights problems" was the "removal of an elected civilian government."

Mohamed Morsi, a leader from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, became the first president ever elected by a democratic vote in Egyptian history in 2012. He was removed from office in July by the military amid mounting frustration with his Islamic ideologies.

The military leaders in charge of Egypt have been criticized by Western governments for closing off political space following what the Muslim Brotherhood said was a coup.

The State Department's report said Morsi's administration restricted political freedoms and targeted opponents for criticizing his government.

Overall, the report said the situation in Egypt was largely unsettled.

"The authorities at times failed to maintain effective control over the security forces [and] security forces [have] committed human rights abuses," it said.

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