|ARAB WEST REPORT|
Egypt's Foreign Ministry slammed a European Parliament report criticizing the country's human rights record and calling for the release of 167 members of the dissolved parliament.
Egyptian human rights groups have condemned travel bans imposed on local rights activists, several of whom found out about their legal status when attempting to travel.
The U.K. Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood called on Egyptian authorities during his meeting with President `Abd al-Fattāh al-Sisi Thursday to review the case of Aljazeera journalists and to take more steps for the political reform.
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahīm Mahlab decreed the establishment of the High Council for Cyber-Security (HCC) on Dec. 16. The HCC reports directly to the Council of Ministers, and its official goal is to develop a strategy to counter cyber threats, supervise its implementation, and keep that strategy up to date with fast-moving technological developments. This announcement of the council's creation has triggered a debate about whether it will be monitoring what activities and others write or send via the Internet and social media.
Five women’s rights activists released in China
On Monday, the Chinese police released five female human rights activists who were detained last month during International Women’s Day celebrations. The five women, who belong to a Chinese women’s rights association, will remain under police surveillance for a year, with restrictions on their movements and activities. American Foreign Minister demanded their release and said in a statement that ‘everyone has the right to speak out about sexual harassment and the injustices in many fields which millions of women all over the world have to endure’.
(13th April 2015, Masr al-ʿArabiyya (Original broadcast by CNN),No Writer)
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