Faced with complaints about its human rights abuses, Egypt is sheltering behind specious arguments about religion and national sovereignty
By Brian Whitaker
"Unnoticed by most of the world's news media, a bizarre quarrel has broken out between the EU and the awful Mubarak regime in Egypt.
It began on January 17, when the European parliament approved a resolution criticising human rights abuses in Egypt. In particular, it called on the Egyptian government to end its harassment of journalists and human rights defenders, lift the state of emergency, investigate suspected cases of torture and guarantee the independence of the judiciary.
Compared to what might have been said, this was pretty mild stuff and, as Bahieddin Hassan, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, later remarked, its content was "too true to be refuted"....."