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New Egyptian panel will defend government, not human rights

Numerous so-called human rights organizations in Egypt are working to shine up the regime's image, blasting any independent or global rights groups that dare to speak up about human rights violations in Egypt.
Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the court during the trial of human rights lawyer and ex-presidential candidate, Khaled Ali in Cairo, Egypt, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RC1FB4A638E0
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Egypt will convene a committee next month tasked with responding to, and trying to counter, claims of human rights abuses against the often-accused country.

The new body, euphemistically named the Supreme Committee for Human Rights, will be chaired by a Foreign Ministry representative. The committee will seek to discredit criticism from independent and international rights groups.

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