Human rights part of Egypt's top priorities: Parl't Affairs Min



Thu, 02 May 2019 - 02:41 GMT


Thu, 02 May 2019 - 02:41 GMT

Omar Marwan speaks in an interview with Egypt Today - Maher Eskandar

Omar Marwan speaks in an interview with Egypt Today - Maher Eskandar

CAIRO - 2 May 2019: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan said that Egypt's report on human rights, submitted to African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), explains how Egypt has achieved remarkable progress regarding the human rights situation within the past five years.

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The report has included the efforts exerted by the state concerning the different aspects of human rights, Marwan said in an interview with Egypt Today on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the 64th Ordinary Session of the ACHPR held in Sharm al-Sheikh.

All the procedures taken on the ground have been included in the report, Marwan said, adding that the second part of the report has been customized to respond to the recommendations Egypt received in terms of its former reort on 2004.

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The report has responded to all the 14 recommendatios, Marwan said.

Concerning women's rights, Marwan said that the state's efforts have been reviewed in terms of politically and economically empowering women. These efforts include granting women at least 25 percent of the number of seats in the House of the Representatives, according to the latest constitutional amendments approved in April.

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He also referred to the measures the state has taken to protect the women's rights, including imposing harsher punishment on those who circumsize their daughters or violate the right of girls or women from obtaining their legal share in inheritance.

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In April, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stressed that boosting human rights is one of the most important national priorities according to the vision of Egypt 2030, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.

This came during his meeting with Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights Soyata Maiga.

President Sisi reviewed the huge developments and efforts undertaken by the state in recent years to improve the economic, social and living standards, especially in slum eradication and the provision of adequate housing for about 1 million slum residents.

Sisi also referred to the campaigns aiming to eliminate Hepatitis C and end patient waiting lists, pointing out to the efforts exerted in the education sector, which is witnessing unprecedented modernization.

Additional reporting by Amr Kandil



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