A left-wing “Human Rights” group is demanding that certain Muslim Brotherhood prisoners be released in Egypt. One such prisoner is the father of a man who once worked for the Clintons (yes, Bill and Hillary). These prisoners would be representatives of a group that seeks to completely deny the human rights of all citizens, especially those who don’t practice Islam or are… female. Human Rights Watch (HRW) wants the release of practitioners of Sharia Law, who were part of an apparatus that actually attempted to enforce it.
Via ABC / AP:
Human Rights Watch called Sunday on Egypt’s military-backed government to immediately release from detention five aides of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
The New York-based advocacy group said in a statement that the five have been held at an undisclosed destination since July 3, the day when the military ousted Morsi after millions demonstrated demanding he step down.
It said the five were among nine close Morsi aides detained that day. The other four have been transferred to regular prisons and are facing criminal charges.
“What kind of roadmap is this where a military-backed government can brazenly disappear former presidential aides for 150 days without any explanation?” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. She was referring to the roadmap for a post-coup return to democracy announced by military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi when he toppled Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president.
“Forcibly disappearing people for months on end doesn’t inspire confidence that this government intends to follow the rule of law,” she added. “The prolonged enforced disappearance of anyone is a crime, pure and simple. The Egyptian authorities should immediately free them unconditionally.”
There is a very simple explanation for why these prisoners would be at undisclosed locations. Evidence has been mounting that the Brotherhood has been collaborating with groups outside of Egypt to facilitate instability inside the country. If the locations of said prisoners were known, such collaboration would be made just a bit easier. Turkey’s Ambassador to Egypt was recently expelled for reasons not entirely known but it’s been reported that the Ambassador was using his diplomatic immunity to embezzle frozen Muslim Brotherhood assets outside the country.
How about the father of that former Clinton employee?
According to HRW, the five still held at a secret location are: Essam el-Haddad, Morsi’s top foreign policy adviser, Ayman Ali, who advised him on the affairs of Egyptian expatriates, aide Ayman el-Serafy, media adviser Abdel-Meguid el-Meshaly and foreign affairs aide Khaled el-Qazzaz.
Essam el-Haddad’s son is Gehad el-Haddad, who was also arrested by Egyptian authorities, this past September. Before his arrest, the younger el-Haddad had been the Chief of Staff to Khairat El-Shater, a top-ranking Muslim Brotherhood deputy in Egypt.
Last August, when U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns went to Egypt, it was Gehad who helped arrange a secret meeting between al-Shater and Burns that lasted approximately 90 minutes. Based on the positions of the U.S. State Department at the time, it was believed that Burns was attempting to negotiate for al-Shater’s release. Gehad attempted to say the meeting lasted only ten minutes.
They younger el-Haddad once split his time between Muslim Brotherhood duties and the Clinton Climate Initiative, (CCI) which is under the larger Clinton Global Initiative. When it comes HRW and the Clinton Foundation, there seems to be history that involves some collaboration.
HRW’s Executive Director, Liesl Gerntholtz, was at the Clinton Foundation’s 2012 Annual Meeting to talk about “human rights risks and opportunities presented by large events such as the Olympics, the Super Bowl, or the World Cup.” There is also a history of HRW sending letters to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.
A Google search of “Clinton Global Initiative” and “Human Rights Watch” yields over 3 Million hits.
Back in 2011, the Empire State Building partnered with both CCI and HRW. CCI reportedly worked with the New York City landmark to retrofit it for reducing “the building’s total energy consumption by 38%”. While this was going on, the same Press Release announced that HRW expanded its presence inside the Empire State Building by 50%, to 70,000 Square Feet of office space.
It is not known if the elder Haddad’s connection to the Clinton Foundation through his son has anything to do with HRW’s desire to have him released. However, one way to finding out might involve the backgrounds of the other Muslim Brotherhood prisoners HRW wants freed. There are several deputies and officials from the Mohammed Mursi regime who are currently incarcerated.
Why is HRW focusing solely on five?
Perhaps those five should warrant further scrutiny, not less.