Maat’s Agenda for the Second Week of the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council
Okeil: Maat will hold two seminars during the second week of the 42ed session
Mennatallah Abdelraouf: We have met UN experts to discuss the human rights situation in a number of countries
After the first week of the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights issued a statement on the most prominent discussions witnessed by the Council, along with a presentation of the most prominent activities of the Foundation during the first week of the session, as well as the activities scheduled during the second week.
Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, stated that the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet presented in her reports the human rights situation in several countries, including Yemen, Palestine, Venezuela and Kashmir. The Commission also presented the report of the Committee of Experts on the situation in Yemen. Okeil added that the Council’s work during the first week included statements by high-level representatives, including Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, following the recent events in Kashmir. Bachelet also tackled the situation in Syria.
Okeil pointed out that international missions held, on the sidelines of the session, informal consultations on draft resolutions submitted to the Council at its current session, including the draft resolution on the acts of intimidation and terror and the draft resolution on the extension of the mandate of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Okeil added that the activities of the Foundation are ongoing and it will hold two seminars during the second week of the Council’s work.
Menatallah Abdelraouf, Coordinator of Maat’s delegation, referred to the participation of Maat in several side events and informal consultations, presenting its vision of the development of the draft resolutions contained in the agenda of the missions. The delegation held meetings with UN representatives, including the Special Rapporteur on contemporary slavery and the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, to discuss the human rights situation in a number of countries.
Ms. Abdelraouf added that the Foundation will resume its meetings in the second week and continue its activities by holding two side events. The first, is on Monday, September 16, in Room 29 of the Human Rights Council in the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 4 to 5 pm. It is entitled “Human Rights in Yemen”, with the participation of Mr. Murad al-Gharati of the International Alliance for Peace and Development and Ms. Noura al-jarwai of the Women Coalition for Peace in Yemen.
The second is on Tuesday, September 17, in Room 8 of the Human Rights Council in the United Nations Palace in Geneva from 11 to 12 am. It is entitled “Counter-Terrorism Strategy”, with the participation of Ms. Layla Seydou, a victim of ISIL terrorism in the Sinjar district of Iraq, Fakhri al-Nasser, Secretary of the Human Rights Commission of the German International Organization for Development and Peace, and Ayman Okeil, President of Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights.
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