The husband, wife and two children, who had reserved seats on an EgyptAir flight, were informed that they could not board because of America’s new restrictions against immigrants from Muslim-countries.
American-Egyptian Aya Hijazi and her husband have been in Egyptian prison for almost 1,000 days. Rights groups are concerned the US government will stop pressuring Egypt on the case after Donald Trump takes office.
The controversial rule is part of austerity measures the government is imposing to lower its debt. That includes rationing baby formula, which costs this nation $51 million annually in scarce foreign currency reserves.
Washington has no credibility on human rights, Egyptian officials said after the recent killings by police. But an Amnesty International report levels disturbing accusations about Egypt's own oppression by law enforcement.