The United States denounced Egypt’s newly expanded counter-terrorism law Tuesday, expressing concern about its potential impact on human rights in the country, a military ally of the US.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi signed a law Sunday that would expand the government’s surveillance powers and, according to critics, muzzle dissent and target critics.
Human rights activists have accused Sissi of leading an increasingly repressive regime.
“We are concerned that some measures in Egypt’s new anti-terrorism law could have a significant detrimental impact on human rights and fundamental freedoms,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said.
But Kirby reaffirmed that Washington stands with Egypt in its fight against terror.