Within the framework of Egypt's submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on November 5, a representative delegation of the “Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for the Universal Periodic Review” led by Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights left to travel to Geneva to participate in the The activities of the periodic review process. The participation of the coalition delegation in the process comes through the continuous cooperation and partnership between the Maat Foundation and the International Network for Rights and Development (Norway), and the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (Switzerland) who provide technical support and logistical assistance to the coalition. The Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights had called for the establishment of the coalition in early 2014, as the coalition included 25 civil organizations from different regions of the Arab Republic of Egypt. In March 2014, the coalition submitted two reports to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to assess the human rights situation in Egypt in the aftermath of the January 2011 revolution. The first report included an assessment of the state of economic and social rights, and the second an assessment of the state of civil and political rights. The two reports included a package of observations and recommendations regarding a set of issues related to Egypt's international obligations in the field of human rights, and among the most prominent points raised by the report and adopted by the Office of the High Commissioner in its summary report of the stakeholders' reports was the right to freedom to organize civil work and the urgent need for a new law in line with The constitutional framework and Egypt's international obligations, as well as practices against freedom of peaceful assembly, attacks on demonstrators and cases of torture by some ruling authorities in the post-success period of the January 25 2011 revolution. The report also addressed the challenges facing the system of economic and social rights, especially with regard to the right to work and the absence of A comprehensive health insurance law and a sharp decline in the supply of safe sanitation services, in addition to the problems that hinder women and people with special needs accessing their constitutional rights. The report also referred to the violence and terror incidents taking place in Egypt after the June 30, 2013 revolution, which represent a growing threat to respect for human rights in Egypt. During its presence in Geneva, the delegation of the coalition will hold interviews with a large number of delegations of member states of the Council and official missions to urge them to adopt the recommendations of the coalition during the interactive dialogue, and the delegation will also hold a symposium at the United Nations headquarters under the title “Human Rights in Egypt in Light of the UPR 2014 ... Reality facts and reform paths. ”The coalition will also hold a press conference in Geneva to announce its position on the UPR process and its assessment of the Egyptian government's handling of interactive dialogue. The delegation will also visit a number of international organizations present in Switzerland to discuss the human rights file in Egypt. It is worth noting that the coalition led by Maat Foundation It has a program to follow up Egypt's commitment to the pledges that it will abide by before the universal periodic review mechanism over the next four years through methodological mechanisms and tools based on the participation of member organizations in the coalition.
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