The UPR Alliance reveals details of its participation in the 34th session of the Human Rights Council

At a press conference in Cairo

The UPR Alliance reveals details of its participation in the 34th session of the Human Rights Council

Akil: Transparency is our motivation to announce the results of our interviews with international officials in Geneva

Aqeel: We call on the international community to support the causes of combating terrorism and economic and social rights

Gad al-Karim: There is a difference between political power abroad and legitimate communication with the UN mechanisms

An alliance contract Egyptian Civil Society Organizations for the Universal Periodic ReviewA press conference on Saturday 8 April 2017 under the title  "The human rights situation in Egypt between an assessment of international bodies and national institutions" In order to announce all the details related to the participation of the coalition delegation in the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva last March, which witnessed the coalition delegation meeting with a number of UN officials and officials of the member states' missions in the Council and providing interventions in the official sessions of the Council, as well as A symposium was held at the United Nations headquarters to launch a report Assessment of the human rights situation in Egypt in light of the recommendations of the universal periodic review.

A large group of journalists, media professionals, representatives of some foreign embassies, civil society organizations and public figures participated in the conference. Members of the coalition delegation who participated in the 34th session also spoke at the conference, namely Mr. Ayman Aqil, President of Maat Foundation for Peace, Development, Human Rights and Coordinator of the Alliance, and Dr. Walaa Jad Al-Karim Secretary-General of the Partners for Transparency Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alliance, Dr.May Al-Talawi, President of the Egyptian Leadership Foundation, a member of the Alliance, and Mrs. Fatima Othman, in charge of the UPR file at the Maat Foundation, and Ms. Mirna Zaki, the researcher and coordinator of the Alliance.

Ayman Aqil, head of Maat Foundation and the coordinator of the coalition, stated that the conference comes from the coalition’s keenness to fully transparency in presenting the results of the visit, especially as it focused on assessing the human rights situation in Egypt, and included in-depth discussions with international parties and UN officials, while Walaa Jad Al-Karim said that there is There is a big difference between the required communication with the international mechanisms and the bullying abroad, calling for an end to the fallacies related to this matter.

During the conference, all the interviews and activities held by the coalition delegation in Geneva were presented and a comprehensive summary of the results of each meeting, the most important points that were addressed, and the most important observations made by international officials who met with the coalition delegation, and some aspects of the report on the assessment of the human rights situation in Egypt were presented. Prepared by the coalition.

Ayman Akil presented the recommendations and messages sent by the coalition to all stakeholders in the Egyptian government, civil society, the international community, and UN officials, the most important of which was the need for parliament to make a greater legislative effort to fulfill the recommendations of the UPR, and the need for the government to understand that civil society is a partner in development. Aqeel called on civil society the importance of unity and belief in the value of dialogue with state agencies as the only way to respect human rights. He also called on the international community to support the issues of economic and social rights and combating terrorism.

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