Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Oil-for-Food and Beatings-for-Egyptians..Boutros one more time!

At the beginning of 2004, the Egyptian Shoura Council decided to appoint the former secretary general of the UN, Boutros Ghali, as a chairman for the National Council for Human Rights. Knowing how independent our Egyptian institutions are, of course Mubarak did not interfere in hiring. (The Shoura Council is the first house of representatives in Egypt which is basically run by Mubarak).

There were many questions raised at that point, why a Council for Human Rights now? Human rights have been violated for 23 years under Mubarak and his predecessors so what is new? Oh nothing, 2005 was coming and it is the time when Mubarak has to repost himself as president. The Council did not carry any credibility because all its members are hired by the government with high records of loyalty. So the complaints of the Egyptians about human rights violations were also referred to state security instead of being referred to independent entities for true investigations. State security will know which Egyptian dared to complain instead of listening. I do not know of any “efficient complaint system” that was installed by the so-called Council for Human Rights. I do not imagine opposition groups filing a complaint to Boutros Ghali who earns his salary because Mubarak hired him. How can a person defend his own rights when the aggressor is paying?

Anyway, that was last year, many of Kefaya Movement and other opposition groups were savagely beaten in the streets of Cairo on several occasions and not one statement or press release from the so-called Council. The Council’s plea is probably that these are incidents, insurgencies; Look at the big picture, which is Egypt is stable under Mubarak’s oppression that’s why Egypt started exporting terrorists to the rest of the world.

Let’s go back to the chairman of this Council, Boutros Ghali, the former Secretary-General of the UN. I would like to warn my readers, don’t trust anyone who Mubarak hires anywhere. The regime loves hiring people that do not have clean records or do not understand anything and are willing to pay blind allegiance. These are the two main qualifications that qualify anyone to work with the Egyptian regime. Anyone eligible here?

I think I am right again. Reuters reported this story yesterday on the involvement of Boutros Ghali, his brother-in-law, Fred Nadler and his cousin Fakhry Abdelnour in the oil-for-food scandal.


At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The National Council for Human Rights has of course turned out to be another deflection method by the Mubarak regime. Domestically, human rights have not improved in any form whatsoever. The appointment of UN veteran Boutros Boutros Ghali as its chairman leads me to believe that the real efforts of the Council lie in the international field. The Council has been suspiciously active in some international cases and in the UN Human Rights Committee. It goes without saying that, considering the dirty role, which its chairman has played in the Oil-for-Food Progam, possible tricks in this field will not be illusive. Egypt is more concerned about its international perception than about genuine improvement of human rights domestically.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Wajih said...

we've have been experiencing the same thing in the past in pak. but now the situation has somewhat improved that the present regime is not corrupt.

at least they think for the country

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello fellow cyber trekker,
I stumbled upon your blogspot whilst being bored at work and I just
wanted to let you know that I admire what you're doing and the fact
that you are speaking out as opposed to just complaining. I believe
our voices will be heared sometime and I appreciate the effort you are
putting in.
Keep up the good work.

At 6:57 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

To Anonymous,
An as an Egyptian, I cannot feel any change in the records of the HRs in Egypt. On the contrary, I find that the freedom of expression of many Egyptians is oppressed and terrorized by further detentions and torture in prisons. This council apparently is not working with the ministry of the interior to stop violations against Egyptians. Because simply, it is part of the regime. I agree it is only an international facade to please the west while crushing Egyptians inside.

To Wajih
So you think in Pakistan human rights records are better? That's very good to hear. wow, that's comforting. But I have noticed in Asian countries that generally, you enjoy more social freedoms than in the Middle East. Look how many Asian women made it to the top positions in their countries.

I would love to say so about my country one day, less corrupt, more considerate with its citizens, more abiding by the laws. Thanks for following my blog.

To Amir
Thanks Amir for the nice things you said.

I wish I won't sound like complaining all the time about how miserable we are under the current regime. But I learned one lesson in life, if you don't talk about the wrong doings they will never be right one day.

Best to all

Freedom for Egyptians

At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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