News

Egyptian Government to Form Human Rights Committee

Egyptian Government to Form Human Rights Committee

Source: Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s government announced on Wednesday, during its weekly meeting, that it approved a draft resolution to form a permanent higher committee on human rights, Al Ahram reports.

The new committee will be expected to respond to any human rights violations and to deal with them effectively, in an effort to tackle the accusations against Egypt’s human rights record.

It would also monitor and ensure that Egypt is meeting the international obligations regarding human rights and to produce periodic reports for more information.

Furthermore, the committee will observe and address the problems going on internationally and propose policies and recommendations to the Universal Periodic Review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council, in which Egypt has had a seat since October 2016.

This is not institution dedicated to human rights that has existed in the country. The National Council for Human Rights is an organisation that was established in 2003. Although the council maintains independence, it has been associated with the Parliament’s Shura council. Although the new human rights committee has been explicitly stated to be part of Sisi’s government, it is not clear how its work differs from the NCHR.

The new human rights committee came as a response to demands by President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to take firmer steps to promote fundamental human rights and freedoms.

Nevertheless, Human Rights Watch issued a warning last month that the Egyptian government was exploiting counter-terrorism laws to unjustly prosecute journalists and activists.

Earlier this month, President Sisi also ratified a new law to tighten control over the internet and to block any websites that are deemed a threat to national security, while those who run it or frequently visit these websites will be closely monitored.

Currently, there are over 500 websites already blocked in Egypt, including Mada Masr, Al Jazeera and Daily News Egypt, showing that there still remains tension between Egypt’s priority in fighting ‘terrorism’ and promoting human rights.

'Egypt Without Addiction' Campaign Aims to Combat Nationwide Drug-Use
Manal Mikhail Becomes Egypt's First Female Coptic Governor

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

In Photos: Massive Sandstorm Turns Cairo Orange

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 19, 2019

Mercedes-Benz Assembly Plant to “Improve Egypt’s Investment Climate”

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 19, 2019

France’s ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests Continue For the 10th Weekend

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 19, 2019

Egypt’s President El-Sisi Issues an Order to Paint All Red Brick Buildings

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 18, 2019

Google Celebrates Egyptian-born Singer Dalida’s 86th Birthday

Mirna AbdulaalJanuary 17, 2019

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Perform In Front of Egypt’s Pyramids

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 17, 2019

Extreme Cold Weather Kills 15 Displaced Syrian Children

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 16, 2019

14 Killed After Deadly Terror Attack in Kenya

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 16, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.