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The “Civil Society Organizations Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review” shows solidarity with the Minya lady

The “Civil Society Organizations Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review” shows solidarity with the Minya lady

“We need sustained actions to ensure that this incident will not repeat and “Beit el3a2ela” is demanded to shift from reaction to action”

The attack on the Egyptian lady contrasts with 11 recommendations of the UPR

02/06/2016

In the framework of the follow-up of the incident  of assaulting the Egyptian woman in Minia Governorate and observation of the responses of the state organs , religious institutions,  parliament, civil society organizations and  media to it , the “Civil Society Organizations Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review” would like to emphasize  on its full solidarity with the female  victim of the incident, and emphasizes on the necessity to take sustainable actions to ensure that such incidents are not to be repeated and to charge the perpetrators.

The “Civil Society Organizations Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review”, which was established in May 2016 and takes the Egyptian Constitution , international covenants , and Egypt’s obligations in front of the universal periodic review mechanism in 2014 as key references, indicates that the assault of the Egyptian lady is an attack against Egypt as a whole and on the right to citizenship, may be motivated by “sectarian behavior” from the perpetrators, which must  be faced decisively by the  concerned state agencies  (judicial – legislative – executive), in order to preserve the social fabric and uphold  the values ​​of citizenship, tolerance , acceptance of others, respect of  law and the dismissal of violence and intolerance .

The coalition draws attention that the incident contradicts with the provisions of the Egyptian Constitution which provided a framework for protecting the rights of citizenship and strengthening the bonds of social peace especially in articles No. 19, 53, 59, 63, 99, and also contradicts with “11” recommendations of the accepted UPR recommendations by Egypt related to the promotion of religious tolerance and protection of the rights of citizenship.

As part of its contribution to the propose a sustainable solution for  the incident , the coalition emphasizes to work on a legislation criminalizing discrimination and violence based on sectarian, ethnic or gender bases, with the need to create a permanent institutional mechanism with a legal mandate to move towards these cases and  to follow-up the actions taken towards  them.

The coalition also calls on “Beit el3a2ela Elmasria” to move beyond the stage of reaction in response to the events and to pursue the initiative through an integrated and coordinated package of activities and events which include all parts of Egypt with the participation of civil society organizations, media, and actors in local communities in order to dry up the sources of thought which feeds religious and sectarian intolerance.

Finally, the coalition confirms on the importance of the continuation of law enforcement agencies and public prosecutors tireless efforts to arrest the predators and bring them to a fair and prompt trial to receive a deterrent punishment that would suit the crime they committed.

It is worth mentioning that the “Civil Society Organizations Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review”, is an institutional gathering of  27 Egyptian civil organizations from various governorates which  was established in order to assist in the fulfillment of the Egyptian state to the national and international obligations related to human rights standards, especially those concerning the recommendations of the UPR, which Egypt has been subjected to in 2014 and voluntarily committed to implement 223 recommendation  which include a large package of political, social, economic and cultural reforms .

Board of Trustees of the coalition on June 1st, 2016

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