Egyptian Human Rights delegation to participate in 40th session of UNHRC‎

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Tue, 05 Mar 2019 - 02:39 GMT

Overview of the United Nations Human Rights Council is seen in Geneva, Switzerland June 6, 2017. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Overview of the United Nations Human Rights Council is seen in Geneva, Switzerland June 6, 2017. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

CAIRO – 5 March 2019: A human rights delegation comprised of two NGOs is expected to participate in ‎the 40th session of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva launched on February 27, and running ‎until March 24. Members of the delegation include Saed Abdel Hafez, representing the Forum for ‎Development and Human Rights Dialogue (Moltaka) and Aida Nour, from the Women and Development ‎Association.‎
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‎"Egyptian NGOs participation in international meetings and events, including the UNHRC annual ‎sessions, is very vital to clarify facts to public international opinion regarding the situation in Egypt,” said ‎Abdel Hafez who further explained that public discussion of human rights violations and countering ‎terrorism is among the top priority issues for Egypt during all international high level meetings.

“The ‎human rights topic has been politicized by a number of terrorist groups including the Muslin Brotherhood ‎to justify their terror acts and violence against civilians in the Middle East,” he added. “Our delegation to ‎the Human Rights Council 40the session will meet with high level representatives of diplomatic missions ‎and European human rights activists to expose terrorists groups’ lies.”‎
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The Head of Women and Development Association also confirmed that starting Wednesday; the ‎delegation will participate in several sideline events and meetings during the 40th UNHCR session. The ‎first sideline event is scheduled to discuss human rights and terrorism at the UN headquarters.‎

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed in all his speeches addressing the national and international ‎public opinion that fighting terrorism is a human right that needs to be protected. During the launch of ‎the first World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm el-Sheikh 2017, Sisi warned about the danger posed by ‎terrorists who spread extreme ideologies that call for nothing but violence and destruction jeopardizing ‎international peace and security.‎

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