President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s landslide victory in Egypt five years ago has been followed by increasingly authoritarian rule. Thousands of artists and journalists have been imprisoned, many simply for protesting.
Lufthansa and British Airways canceled flights to Cairo over the weekend, citing security concerns. Although they were reticent with details, the situation in Egypt, and particularly in North Sinai, is indeed unstable.
Egyptian authorities have arrested thousands in a crackdown on dissent, even its most benign forms. And some former prisoners are finding that they are not really free despite having been released.
There must be consequences when a country violates human rights. Unfortunately, that's not always the case, writes journalist Rainer Hermann from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
France's president Emmanuel Macron reminded his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that crackdowns on human rights hurt Egypt's image abroad. Macron denied that France sought to sell more weapons to Egypt.
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