Concurrently with the 36th Human Rights Council Session in Geneva
228 Egyptian NGOs publish the results of their follow-up to Egypt’s International Obligations
The Coalition’s report monitors challenges linked to terrorism, freedom of civil work, and fulfillment of economic rights
And recommends the prompt adoption of health insurance, local administration and freedom of information legislations
The “Civil Society Organizations Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review” issued its third report on “Following-up Egypt’s Second UPR Cycle Recommendations”, covering the period between the 1st of February and 30th of June 2017, in the context of the “Universal Periodic Review as a Tool to Enhance Public Policy During the Transitional Period”, implemented by MAAT for Peace, Development and Human Rights and funded by the European Union during 2016-2017.
The report presented and analyzed the relative procedures for fulfilling the UPR recommendations accepted by the Egyptian government in March 2015, along with evaluating the advancement in those recommendations implementation and the voluntary commitments driven from them, the report included (25 axes), covering different aspects for the fully and partially accepted and noted recommendations by the Egyptian government estimated by 247 recommendations, those axes included: Strengthening counter-terrorism efforts, Promoting child and family rights, Supporting the People with Disabilities, Combating Violence Against Women, Fair Trial Guarantees, Protecting Peaceful Assembly, Protecting the Minorities Rights, Protecting the Freedom of Expression, Promoting Youth Rights, Advancing Women Rights, Combating Torture, Fighting Corruption, Joining International Conventions for Human Rights and Withdrawal of Reservations, Enhancing Human Rights Respect Practices Relative to Law Enforcement Authorities, Strengthening National Institutions in the Fields of Democracy and Human Rights, Ensuring the Right of Access to Sanitation and Drinking Water Services, Cooperation with International Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights, Combating Human Trafficking and Illegal Immigration, Strengthening Human Rights Education Programs, Promoting the Right to Social Security, Respect for Religious Tolerance and Cultural Diversity, Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility, Guaranteeing the Right to Economic Development, Improving the Working Environment of NGOs, and Ensuring the Right to Health and Education.
The report indicated the conclusion of the Parliament’s second convening period in July 2017, as well as the severe economic pressures faced by the Egyptian people in the wake of the Egyptian government’s implementation to the financial reform program via a package of economic procedures led by the liberation of exchange rate and partial cut to the subsidies on fuel leading to major rise in the prices of basic commodities in the context of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, resulting in noticeable social tensions.
The report also referred to Egypt’s suffer for terrorism as one of the most important challenges facing human rights amid a global trend of the growing supported terrorism by systems and governments in the region led by the Qatari regime that faced public official accusations from the affected states by the Qatari government support to the organizations and groups practicing violence, murder and horror.
The full report is available on: https://www.maatpeace.org/9o2f
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