Mohammed Badie
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie from the defendant's cage during his trial in Cairo on Dec. 11, 2013. (Photo by Reuters)

by Angelo Pacheco

Since the removal of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt has been in turmoil. The country has lacked political stability and the confidence of its people. Many Egyptians are torn apart and each citizen has an individual opinion and perspective for the country’s future.

Recently, an Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 682 of his supporters to death. The intention of the Egyptian government is to put down the movement. This may lead to public uprisings and protests may be evident in the near future.

Reuter’s article “EU [European Union] says Egypt mass death sentences in breach of international law,” stated, “The defendants were charged with crimes including inciting violence following the army overthrow of elected leader Mohamed Morsi, a senior Brotherhood member, in July after mass protests against his rule.” The Muslim Brotherhood supported Mohamed Morsi as the president of the country. Tragically, the Egyptian government was not in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood’s endorsement of Morsi.

The EU has voiced its displeasure to the Egyptian court ruling of the mass killings. EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, states, “These mass trials are clearly in breach of international human rights law.” Clearly, the EU is not pleased with the ruling. The EU believes the court trials were not done properly nor effectively. The Egyptian court did not handle the trials in a practical or fair judicial manner.

Ashton furthers her displeasure by stating, “The exact charges against each defendant remain unclear, the proceedings lack the most basic standards of due process and the verdicts appear grossly disproportionate, failing short of complying with the principle of individual sentencing.” Once again, she reiterates that the Egyptian judicial system handled the trial in an unprofessional manner. The charges are not clear or concise. The due process is not effective and it is not fair toward the defendants. Furthermore, it is not just or fair to the court system.

The Reuters article furthers the EU’s stance on the Egyptian court trials. “Ashton said the EU was concerned about Egypt’s compliance with its international human rights obligations…” Egypt’s mismanagement of the trials is the larger issue. The EU is highly concerned with Egypt’s violation of human rights. This is truly a horrific and unfortunate ruling; 683 individuals were sentenced to death. This is a substantial number and an alarming figure. The EU disagrees on the ruling, but human rights violation is evident. This is a glaring example that Egypt is the continual cycle of instability.

Finally, Ashton and the EU provide a possible solution to the Egyptian issue. “The EU calls on the Egyptian authorities to immediately reverse this trend which jeopardizes any prospects for overcoming divisions within society and to ensure progress towards a truly democratic, stable and prosperous Egypt.” The EU wants Egypt to implement a democratic system because the promotion of instability has triggered chaos in the country. The EU wants to address Egypt with democracy. They want progression in Egypt and for the country to experience a positive future.