UN Ambassador Alaa Yousef (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Alaa Youssef said on Tuesday that Egypt has stepped up its efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country, adding that a new law was recently passed to regulate the work of non-governmental organisations in the country.
Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Youssef said that the new law conforms with the Egyptian constitution and gives the NGOs the right to receive funds and grants after notifying administrative bodies.
The new law abolishes any penalty involving deprivation of liberty and prohibits the dissolution of any NGO by a court order, he noted.
Under the new law, a fund will be established to provide technical, financial and administrative support for small NGOs, Youssef said.
He pointed out that civil society organisations are actively participating in the ongoing discussion on how to promote human rights in the country.
Youssef also warned of the negative impact of climate change on human rights, stressing that this phenomenon has forced millions of people to leave their homes due to water scarcity.
Egypt continues its efforts to implement social protection programmes and help the most vulnerable groups to enjoy economic rights, he added.