Members of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Egyptian Americans for Freedom and Justice (EAFJ) canvassed Capitol Hill last week seeking support against the Egyptian regime's human-rights record.
They timed their lobbying Congress about Egypt's mass incarceration and human rights record to coincide with the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) event, just like last year.
EAFJ President Hani Elkadi and his EAFJ colleagues want military aid to Egypt blocked. Under Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, more than 60,000 people have been imprisoned for political crimes and subjected to torture, Human Rights Watch reported last fall.
A staffer for U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Penn., expressed sympathy with EAFJ's points about human rights in Egypt, and said the senator shares their concern that the Trump administration won't be hard enough.