SHAFAQNA -Â Muslim groups in the U.S. have condemned the Westâ€™s complacency towards the Egyptian regime on the second anniversary of the â€œRabaaâ€ massacres.
On Aug. 14, 2013, Egyptian security forces opened fire on two protest camps in Cairo, killing at least 1,150 people, according to Human Rights Watch.
The protest camps in Cairoâ€™s RabaaÂ al-Adawiya and Nahda squares were in support of MohamedÂ Morsi, Egyptâ€™s first democratically elected president who had been ousted in a military coup weeks earlier.
Oussama Jammal, secretary general of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, drew attention to the continuing abuses allegedly committed under Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief who assumed the Egyptian presidency in mid-2014.
Claiming there had not been any investigation into the Rabaa killings, Jammal told Anadolu Agency: “We are even more disappointed with the international community for its silence and complete ignorance or neglect of this gross violation. By doing so, their simple message to the people in the Middle East is that democracy is not important.
â€œWhat’s important is, if you have power and if you can violate human rights, you can use violence and you can survive. This is the wrong message.â€
He added that the â€œcontinuing silence of the international communityÂ has sent a very bad message to the regime in Egyptâ€.
Naeem Baig, president of Islamic Circle of North America, described Sisiâ€™s two-year grip on power as â€œshamefulâ€ and attacked Egyptâ€™s judicial system under Sisi.
â€œThey [the courts]Â have no legal process;Â there is no justice and, sadly speaking, many global powers are just silent on that,” he told Anadolu Agency.
Following Morsiâ€™s ouster, Egypt-U.S. relations soured, with Washington suspending $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt.Â Bilateral ties have since recoveredÂ with the U.S. announcing the resumption of its annual military aid package earlier this year.
In early August, Egypt and the U.S. resumed â€œstrategic dialogueâ€ talks after a six-year hiatus, during which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the delivery of new F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters and armored vehicles to Egypt.
Emad El-Din Shahin, a visiting professor at Washingtonâ€™s Georgetown University, said the lack of â€œgenuine and real pressureâ€ on Sisi meant the human rights situation in Egypt was unlikely to improve.
â€œThere isn’t domestic pressure as well,â€ he said. â€œAlso, he [Sisi]Â managed to polarize society and feed or thrive on the fear that he created inside society. So I don’t think there will be any improvement in the near future unless this comes as part of a larger criticism.â€
Jammal thanked Turkey -Â which has consistently criticized Morsiâ€™s ouster and subsequent imprisonment by Egyptâ€™s military-backed authorities -Â for â€œliving up to the principlesâ€ and supporting democracy in Egypt, while Baig described Turkey’s stance as â€œvery commendableâ€.
Since Morsi’s removal, the Egyptian authorities have launched a harsh crackdown on dissent that has largely targeted Morsi’s supporters, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.