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Statement By Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte on Conviction of NGO Workers in Egypt


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement on today's conviction of 43 NGO workers in Egypt:

"Today's conviction of 43 NGO workers in Egypt, including several Americans, is an affront to the fundamental principles of human rights and rule of law, which we and many Egyptians hold dear. If left unchanged, this ruling would have significant negative implications on U.S-Egypt relations, and we urge the Obama Administration to condemn this conviction in the strongest possible terms. In light of today's events, the Congress must conduct a comprehensive review of U.S. assistance to Egypt.

"The United States and all democratic nations must continue to speak out against violations of human rights in Egypt. We must do so, in part, because our citizens have been caught up in this tragedy, but also because the worst effects of these violations are being borne by Egyptian citizens. The question for all of us is whether the universal rights and freedoms of Egyptian civil society will be respected and protected, both in law and practice, by the government in Egypt. Unfortunately, that is not the case today. It is increasingly impossible to argue that the Egyptian government is safeguarding and advancing the democratic values that inspired the Egyptian revolution of 2011. As long as these conditions persist, the goal of a democratic, prosperous, and internationally respected Egypt -- a goal that the United States fully supports -- will remain elusive."

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