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Egypt receives 300 human rights recommendations in Geneva

The recommendations to Egypt centred on controversial laws, one regulating NGOs and another putting restrictions on protesting

MENA, Ahram Online, Saturday 8 Nov 2014
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The UN has issued an outcome report following Egypt's Universal Periodic Review last Wednesday at its headquarters in Geneva, reported Egypt's state news agency MENA.

The report includes 300 recommendations, questions and comments from member states and Egypt's responses.

The outcome report was prepared by the Troika committee; consisting of Saudi Arabia, Montenegro and Cote D'Ivoire.

Egypt was also present in the preparation meetings of the outcome report.

Egypt will have to look into these recommendations and respond to them by March 2015, when the United Nations Human Rights Council's general assembly will convene.

The recommendations to Egypt in the outcome report mainly centred on three controversial issues: a law regulating NGOs, capital punishment and another putting restrictions on protesting and freedom of expression.

Moreover, Austria and Iceland brought up the violent dispersal of the two pro-Morsi Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda sit-ins in August 2013, raising their concern about the excessive use of force.

Egypt's transitional justice minister, Ibrahim El-Heneidy was present to address the council along with a number of Egyptian NGOs representatives.

Al-Heneidy defended Egypt's record on human rights saying that despite difficulties that resulted from the repercusssions of two revolutions and the continuous violence and terrorism, Egypt managed to take a few steps forward in terms of human rights.

However, seven Egyptian rights groups backed out of a UNHRC summit over fears of persecution.

Egypt has drawn the attention of international rights groups and governments in the last year over its alleged increasing human rights abuses.

For its part, Cairo has defended some stricter measures in the name of fighting an ongoing Islamist militancy that has killed hundreds of police and army personnel, as well as citizens.

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