Refugees in Egypt enjoy full freedom, do not suffer of discriminate: NCHR head



Mon, 18 Apr 2022 - 10:48 GMT


Mon, 18 Apr 2022 - 10:48 GMT

CAIRO – 18 April 2022: Head of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Moushira Khattab said that all refugees in Egypt enjoy full freedom, as the government does not discriminate between them and any other Egyption nationals.

She added in statements during participating in a workshop on the rights of refugees and migrants that Egypt has no refugee camps, as they have the right to work and have proper education.

She noted that Egypt has ratified a large number of human rights conventions and respects and applies them all.

Khattab said that the world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis, exacerbated by the pandemic, climate change and wars.

She pointed out that many politicians and influential media figures may give the impression that rich countries, especially in the West, are doing more than enough to help those fleeing war and persecution, but in fact, the reality is different, as the international community, and in particular rich countries, are failing to share the responsibility to protect people who have fled their homes in search of safety and security.

She explained that, the world is experiencing a severe crisis due to the unprecedented flows of immigration, marriage and asylum seekers, due to the wars that affected many countries, some of them for political ambitions, and others for economic reasons.

In his speech at the Visegrád Group (V4) in Hungary in last October, President Sisi said that Egypt has succeeded in preventing any boat of migrants from leaving its shores, but migrants in Egypt have amounted to six million from Africa and other unstable countries.

“From a human rights perspective, Egypt refuses to play that card. We call them guests, not refugees. We don't have refugee camps in Egypt. They live like every other Egyptian; they learn in our schools and they are treated in our hospitals. They were even offered the [Covid] vaccine, although we couldn't provide rates as high as those in European countries.”







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