Austria's envoy to UN in Geneva praises advances in women's and Christians' rights in Egypt

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Mar 2019

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Austria’s envoy to the UN Robert Mueller (Photo Courtesy of Robert Mueller twitter official Page)

Austria’s envoy to the UN in Geneva has praised the strong and historic relations between Egypt and Austria and Egypt's support for the European Union.

Robert Mueller met with an Egyptian delegation from the Dialogue Forum for Development and Human Rights, Women and Development in Alexandria on the sidelines of the 40th session of the International Council for Human Rights.

Austria was following the positive advances in the area of women's rights in Egypt, Mueller said, adding that Vienna was happy to see more female MPs in parliament.

Mueller added that Austria was also aware of the positive advances Egypt had made in strengthening equal citizenship rights and government's efforts to protect Christians, lauding Egypt's passing of the first law to regulate the construction of churches.

He said that protecting human rights from the threat of terrorism requires more international cooperation to confront dangerous incitement, saying Austria is paying close attention to Egypt's battle against terrorism and its classification of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in Egypt. 

On the question of "lenient treatment" by some European countries, Mueller said that the Brotherhood do not receive support in Europe only, but there are Islamic countries that support the group in the United Nations.

He said that Austria monitors the activity of this group without infringing on to the rights of its Muslim citizens.

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