UN Human Rights Council's third comprehensive periodical review session for Egypt in Geneva
CAIRO - 13 November 2019: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan said on Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council's third comprehensive periodical review session for Egypt that the Egyptian Government confirmed adopting a policy that protects and supports human rights.
In his speech, Marwan added that Egypt's human rights policy comes in accordance with related international agreements and charters and adheres to the values and principles of the national identity.
Marwan clarified that this policy is also observing the principles of equality and justice among all citizens, asserting Egypt's commitment to enhancing all forms of political, civil, economic, social and cultural human rights in a balanced way so that no right can be observed at the expense of another right.
Marwan further explained that practicing human rights is regulated by the law, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international documents, so that it would not violate the rights and freedoms of others.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian community in Switzerland organized on Wednesday a stand to support Egypt in its fight against terrorism.
Mohamed al-Battout, member of the General Secretariat of the Egyptian Communities in Europe and a member of the Egyptian community in Geneva, said that they organized this stand to support the Egyptian state.
Gamal Hammad, a member of the Egyptian community in Geneva, stated that the Egyptian community rejects all attempts by those who target Egypt to abuse and tarnish the North African country's image.
"We are living the golden age of Christianity in Egypt," said Tharwat Kadis, chairman of the International Academy for Dialogue at the Synod of the Evangelical Nile in Egypt.
"We see this in the construction of the largest cathedral in the Middle East next to the largest mosque, which confirms the consolidation of the idea of citizenship under the leadership of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi," Kadis added.
Moreover, Hafez Abu Seada, head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights and a member of the National Council for Human Rights,said that the new NGO law came in order to get rid of the negative penalties restricting freedoms.
He added that President Sisi has responded to the calls of civil society and launched an initiative to amend the law to meet the aspirations of civil society where these penalties were abolished.
Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women, said that the Egyptian women suffered during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood that sought to abolish the council, pointing out that there is a political will to empower women through legislations.