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.
"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.”
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.