Human Rights Day- Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidency
CAIRO- 10 December 2021: Egypt’s First Lady Entissar El Sisi celebrated, on Friday, Human Rights Day, saying “Today, the world celebrates Human Rights Day which emphasizes the importance of upholding the rights of every human being to rebuild societies.”
“Our country has been able, during the recent period, to consolidate the most basic principles of human rights by providing a decent life for all Egyptians,” she added.
In September 2021, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended a celebration to launch the 2021/2026 National Strategy for Human Rights.
The strategy includes the main axes of the comprehensive concept of human rights, which is to be integrated with Egypt's national development path that consolidates the principles of the establishment of the New Republic and achieves the goals of Egypt's vision 2030. The strategy is the first comprehensive and long-term self-strategy in the human rights field in Egypt.
The strategy consists of four sections that are Civil and Political Rights; Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; Rights of Women, Children, Disabled, Youth, and Elderly; and, Awareness and Capacity-Building in the Field of Human Rights.
The first section deals with nine areas that are physical safety, personal freedom, fair trial and right of litigation, prisoner and detainee rights, freedom of expression, peaceful gathering, right of forming civil society organizations and associations, freedom of creed, and right to privacy.
The second section deals with eight areas that are healthcare, education, work, social insurance, nutrition, access to safe water supply and wastewater, proper housing, and cultural rights.
The third section deals with five areas that are promoting awareness pertinent to human rights, introducing human rights content in education curricula, training members of the Police Authority, training members of judicial entities, and improving the training programs delivered to workers at the administrative body.
Additional reporting by Noha El Tawil