Egypt has been in the spotlight for the past three years as the world focuses on the myriad of blatant human rights violations that have been occurring in the country. Most recently, the judicial system of Egypt has been employing ‘mass trials’ to sentence persons to death.
A few days ago, forty-eight persons were put on trial at the same time. Ten of these persons were sentenced to death, and the others are currently waiting to be sentenced. These persons were sentenced to death because they are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood – a political organization which the current Egyptian government has categorized as a terrorist organization. In one instance, more than 1,000 persons were sentenced to death.
Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah Sisi, was sworn in on Sunday. He implied that this type of court system will continue during his reign as president of Egypt. These cases show that in Egypt, there is an outright disregard for the rights of the citizens. People are captured and put into prison if they openly oppose the political regime, if they decide to stage protests or gather to discuss issues that the government finds threatening, or simply for having opinions that differ from what the government dictates.
These ideals might seem farfetched to us in Jamaica, but we must be aware of the different types of struggles that the citizens of the world face as it relates to their human rights. We have different struggles, but the same rights.