Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan - File photo
CAIRO – 3 May 2019: Egypt's has submitted its human rights record over the course of 2001 to 2017 to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan has said.
In press remarks on Wednesday, Marwan also added that Egypt has deep geographical and historical ties with the African continent.
The submission of Egypt's periodic report has been postponed due to political circumstances that have been witnessed in Egypt over the past years, he explained.
Marwan described the Egyptian-African relations as deeply rooted within the Egyptian society, and that the constitution ensures Egypt’s African entity.
“Egypt has been one of the first countries to assist the liberation movements by the people in the world, and in Africa in particular and it contributed financially and morally to establish many African political institutions and organizations,” Marwan continued.
Marwan further added that the founding fathers have established the ACHPR to be a uniting African entity, which gathers all African countries as a mechanism that advises and guides the way to resolve all differences and conflicts.
Marwan presented Egypt’s 41-page report, which covers in detail the efforts made in the Human Rights field, since 2004 until 2017. “This report reflects Egypt's tangible development in all areas of human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural fields.”
During an interview with Egypt Today, Marwan said that Egypt's report on human rights that was submitted to ACHPR, explains "how Egypt has achieved remarkable progress regarding its human rights status within the past five years."
The report has included the efforts exerted by the state concerning the different aspects of human rights, Marwan said, on the sidelines of the 64th session of the ACHPR held in Sharm al-Sheikh.
All the procedures taken on the ground have been included in the report, Marwan added.
He pointed out that the second part of the report has been customized to respond to the recommendations Egypt received in terms of its former report on 2004. "The report has responded to all the 14 recommendations," 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.