Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Convictions In Egypt Of 43 NGO Workers

[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chairs the State Department’s budget panel, the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State Department And Foreign Operations.  He is the author of the conditions on U.S. military aid to Egypt.]

“The unjust convictions of Egyptian and American citizens by the Egyptian Government, for nothing more than working to defend the fundamental rights of all Egyptians, is appalling and offensive to people of goodwill in Egypt and across the globe.  It is part of an ominous trend around the world to intimidate and silence those who want more open, democratic and accountable government.  I want to see Egypt’s democratic transition succeed, but a free civil society is crucial to that process.  If Egypt continues on this repressive path it will be increasingly difficult for the United States to support President Morsi’s government.”

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