Egyptian delegation calls on UNHRC to investigate 'Qatari aid of terrorism in Libya'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Mar 2019

Egypt's human rights delegation taking part in a meeting held on the sidelines of the 40th session of the UNHRC (Photo Courtesy of Said Abdel-Hafez)

A number of Egyptian rights advocates have called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to form an international committee to investigate what they said is Qatar's violation of Libya's sovereignty by supporting armed terrorist organisations in the war-stricken country.

In a statement, the Egyptian delegation charged Qatar with providing support to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group in Libya, which it said is a violation of the UN's Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted in 2006.

The call was made during a meeting held by the Egyptian delegation in Geneva on the sidelines of the 40th session of the UNHRC, which runs till 26 March.

Members of the delegation include Said Abdel-Hafez, representing the Forum for ‎Development and Human Rights Dialogue (Moltaka), and Aida Nour, from the Women and Development ‎Association.‎

The UN strategy stipulates a commitment by world leaders to non-interference in sovereign countries, respecting their territorial integrity and political independence, and not funding or supporting terrorist and armed groups, the statement added.

Abdel-Hafez said that the Egyptian state is confronting since 2013 extremist groups that have threatened the stability of the state and its institutions and the fundamental rights of Egyptian citizens.

He added that Egypt has been confronting lies and fabrications from "politicised organisations" regarding the reality of conditions in Egypt.

"I call on the international committee to assume their responsibilities in confronting these militias and their violation of citizens' rights in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen," he said, calling on the community to support the legitmacy of the institutions that confront extremist groups.

Nour said that this year's motto for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women should be "stop funding terrorism," asserting that both funding and incitement of terrorism violate UN accords.

She said "terrorism is the most severe form of violence against women."

Wednesday's gathering is among the first in a series of meetings held by the delegation to clarify facts to the international community about the situation in Egypt on the sidelines of the UNHCR session.

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