FILE – Wheelchair – Pxfuel
CAIRO – 31 May 2020: Egypt’s Attorney General Hamada Al-Sawi ordered detaining four people for few days pending investigations, over uploading a video on social media showing youths bullying a child with special needs.
The incident took place in Qalyub, Qalyubia governorate, in Lower Egypt. The youths used a dog to intimidate the disabled child, apparently to make fun of or joke with him.
Egypt Today will not publish the video for containing material that maybe offensive to people with special needs.
By bullying the disabled child, filming him and circulating the video on social media, the arrested persons face accusations of harming a person with special needs, abusing one of the family principles and values in the Egyptian society, violating his privacy, and creating a form of discrimination against a group of people, which resulted in disturbing the public peace.
Minister of Social Solidarity Nevin Al-Qabbaj said the video has caused her to feel extremely angry as it is against humanity and law. This video contains many legal violations, including intimidating a child and abusing a disabled person, she added.
In December last year, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called on the government to consolidate and boost implementation of measures within the framework of empowering citizens with special needs.
Sisi added during his speech at Al Manara International Conference Center in New Cairo that the state seeks to deepen the awareness and refine the capabilities of schools and teachers on methods of dealing with people with special needs.
The Egyptian leader further demanded the enhancement of their social participation and thus ensuring their rights and excellence in various fields.
He also issued directives to the youth and sports sector to provide qualified and specialized trainers across all youth and sports facilities in all governorates with full knowledge of the mechanisms of dealing with people with special needs.
Moreover, in December, 2018, Sisi allocated LE 80 million ($4.46 million) of the country's Tahya Misr Fund in support of people with special needs.
In October, the Ministry of Social Solidarity has launched an initiative to employ people with disabilities, in cooperation with a private company.
The initiative, dubbed "Hayah Gadida" (New Life), comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, including providing monthly cash assistance or through providing them with job opportunities.
Ministry of Manpower and Immigration appointed in September 1,777 youth including 21 with special needs, according to a statement issued by the ministry. Earlier In the same month, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli has inaugurated a rehabilitation center for people with special needs, established by the Ministry of Interior, in the 10th of Ramdan City.