Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision last week to withhold almost $100 million in aid to Egypt, and to condition nearly $200 million more on human rights progress, is welcome news. There’s plenty room for improvement. The Egyptian government has silenced virtually all peaceful dissent. Tens of thousands of people have been jailed or disappeared; many have been convicted in sham trials and tortured in prison. Political opposition figures, human rights defenders, and the LGBT community are key targets of this repression.
August 29 / Washington Blade