By Dan Eggen Dan Eggen
Thursday, September 9, 2010; A19
A Senate resolution condemning
The resolution, under consideration in the Foreign Relations Committee, outlines continuing allegations of abuse by Egyptian security services. It also condemns President Hosni Mubarak for renewing an emergency security law allowing broad arrest powers and indefinite detention of suspects without charges.
It adds that the Obama administration should "make respect for basic human rights and democratic freedoms a priority" in its relations with
The debate comes amid fast-moving events in the Middle East, including a planned trip by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to
The developments have prompted increasing calls for reform from human rights groups and some
In a meeting with Mubarak last week, President Obama also took the unusual step of specifically referring to the need for "credible and transparent elections in
The Senate resolution, authored by Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), has garnered particular attention in
Egypt is one of the leading recipients of U.S. foreign aid, receiving about $1.5 billion last year. The country has accelerated its lobbying spending in
In 2007, the records show,
Moffett, who is listed as the lead lobbyist, did not respond to a telephone message. "We are aware of the legislation, but we are not releasing anything," Egyptian Embassy spokeswoman Amy Watkins said of the Feingold resolution.
In a statement earlier this year, Feingold said that the coming period in
"Continuing to provide uncritical support to an authoritarian regime undermines our credibility as champions of political and civil rights and creates tensions, particularly in the Muslim world, which are ripe for exploitation," Feingold said. "Those tensions, in turn, threaten our own national security."
Even so, the resolution doesn't go as far as previous legislation enacting specific punishments for
Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin, said the resolution's prospects are unclear.
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