German parliament speaker withdraws Sisi invitation

German parliament speaker refuses to meet with Egyptian president due to violation of human rights

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Norbert Lammert, German parliament speaker announced on Tuesday that he has cancelled a planned meeting with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who is expected to arrive in Berlin next month, due to human rights being violated in Egypt.

A written statement released by Lammert’s office on Tuesday said that the parliament speaker has notified the Egyptian embassy in Berlin of his decision to cancel his scheduled meeting with el-Sisi.

The statement said, “Despite expectations from Egypt to schedule a date for the long-awaited parliamentary elections, what we are witnessing in recent months is systematic persecution of opposition groups, mass arrests, convictions to lengthy prison terms and an incredible number of death sentences, which include former parliament speaker al-Katani.”

“Given this situation, which contributes neither to domestic peace nor to the democratization of the country, Lammert sees for the time being no ground for a meeting with President el-Sisi,” said the statement.

On Saturday, an Egyptian court ordered the death penalty for Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president and 105 codefendants.

Egyptian authorities have accused Morsi and 130 other Muslim Brotherhood members of taking part in a mass jailbreak during Egypt’s 2011 revolution which ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for 30 years.

Following the court decision the European Union member states have criticised the judgement of the death sentences and also the fact that Egypt has failed to meet obligations under international law.

Federica Mogherini, EU’s foreign policy chief condemned the judgement saying that, “The court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 of his supporters, in connection with a mass jail break in 2011, was taken at the end of a mass trial that was not in line with Egypt’s obligations under international law.”

A military coup led by el-Sisi in Egypt in 2013, resulted in the arrests of many government officials and top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the raids of armed forces killing hundreds of Morsi supporters.

Human Rights Watch organisation described the raids as “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history,” which the number of deaths from the Rabaa Square alone was about 2,600, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.

TRTWorld and agencies