Monday, December 10, 2007
Muslim Brotherhood leader decries Egypt military trial
Mike Rosen-Molina at 3:08 PM ET
The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest opposition party in Egypt [JURIST news archive]. Its members run officially as independents because the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt since 1954. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has criticized [press release] Egypt for repressing the group in a manner that "flouts fundamental human rights and freedoms." Human Rights Watch estimates that 223 members of the Muslim Brotherhood are currently detained for "attempting to exercise their rights to freedom of association and expression." The Egyptian government accuses the organization of trying to create an Islamic theocracy through violence. AP has more.
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