Egypt agrees to 80% of UN Human Rights Council recommendations: Minister

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Mar 2015

Minister of transitional justice Ibrahim El-Heneidy says that Egypt has implemented 219 out of 314 recommendations

Ibrahim El-Heneidy
Egypt's minister of transitional justice Ibrahim El-Heneidy (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Minister of Transitional Justice Ibrahim El-Heneidy announced on Monday that Egypt agreed to 80 percent of the recommendations in the UN Human Rights Council's 2014 Universal Periodic Review for Egypt.

Over the past three years, Egypt has implemented nearly 219 of the 314 recommendations presented by 122 countries during the Universal Periodic Review of human rights in Egypt last November, the minister told the press.

These included those regarding freedom of expression and the media, as well as the rights of the disabled, women and children, such as criminalising sexual harassment and domestic violence, he said. 

El-Heneidy added that the rest of the recommendations were rejected because they oppose Islamic Sharia and Egyptian values.

In November, several countries including the United States and the United Kingdom expressed their concern about Egypt's controversial NGO Law and Protest Law. Other countries stressed the need to uphold freedom of expression and women's rights.

Egypt sent its reply to the recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council a couple of days ago, the minister said.

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