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The Universal Periodic Review Coalition reveals the details of its participation in the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

During a press conference in Cairo

The Universal Periodic Review Coalition reveals the details of its participation in the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

Okeil: Transparency is our motivation to announce the results of our meetings with international officials in Geneva

Okeil: We call upon the international community to support the issues of combating terrorism and economic and social rights

Gad al-Karim: There is a difference between seeking political support from foreign countries and legitimate communication with the UN mechanisms

The “Egyptian Civil Society Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review” held a press conference on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 under the title of “The human rights situation in Egypt between the assessment of international bodies and national institutions” in order to announce all the details concerning the participation of the coalition’s delegation at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva last month. During this participation, the delegation met with a number of UN officials and officials of the missions of the Member States of the Council, made interventions in the official meetings of the Council, as well as holding a symposium at United Nations Headquarters to launch an assessment report on Human rights situation in Egypt in light of the UPR recommendations.

The conference was attended by a large group of journalists, media professionals, representatives of foreign embassies, civil society organizations and public figures. The Members of the coalition’s delegation who participated in the 34th session included Mr. Ayman Okeil, Chairman of Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights, Dr. Walaa Gad el Karim, Secretary-General of Partners for Transparency and the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Coalition, Dr. Mai el Talawi, President of the Egyptian Leadership for Development, Ms. Fatima Othman, the responsible of the UPR project in Maat and Ms. Mirna Zaki, a researcher and coordinator in the coalition.

Mr. Ayman Okeil, the Chairman of Maat and coordinator of the Coalition said that the conference comes from the logic of the coalition’s keenness on full transparency in presenting the results of the visit, especially as it focused on assessing the human rights situation in Egypt, and included in-depth discussions with international parties and UN officials. Dr. Walaa Gad el Karim also said that there is a great difference between the required communication with international mechanisms and seeking political support from foreign countries, calling to stop the fallacies related to this matter.

During the conference, all the interviews and events held by the coalition in Geneva were presented and a detailed presentation of the results of each meeting, the most important points that were discussed and the most important observations made by international officials who met with the delegation. Some aspects of the Human Rights Assessment Report in Egypt prepared by the Coalition were also presented.

Mr. Ayman Okeil presented the recommendations and messages sent by the coalition to all stakeholders in the Egyptian government, civil society, the international community and international officials. The most important recommendations were the need for the Parliament to make a greater legislative effort to meet the UPR recommendations and that the government should understand that civil society is a partner in development. Okeil called to the civil society for the importance of unity and faith in the value of dialogue with the organs of the State as the only way to respect human rights, and called out the international community for the need to support economic and social rights and fight against terrorism.

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