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Egypt's parliament lauds efforts to draft strategy for the protection of human rights

The timeframe for implementing the strategy extends to up to five years starting mid-2021

Ahram Online , Monday 10 May 2021
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Parliament’s Human Rights Committee praised the role of the Supreme Standing Committee for Human Rights in formulating a national draft strategy for the protection of human rights.

MP Tarek Radwan, head of the parliamentary committee, called for coordination between the two committees on matters that require legislative amendments.

Radwan's statements came during a meeting on Sunday held between his committee and the technical secretariat of the Supreme Standing Committee for Human Rights to discuss the outcomes of the draft strategy.

Radwan stressed the importance of promoting Egypt’s accomplishments through accessible media outlets, especially with the media seeing a change in form and content to make it more capable of delivering information via various means.

The MP underscored the necessity of activating direct and indirect media platforms in delivering key messages, including social media and influencers.

MP Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, the deputy head of the parliamentary committee, described the strategy as a “major shift,” adding that it represents a clear governmental commitment towards an action plan on an integrated strategy in the field of human rights.

On Saturday, the Supreme Standing Committee for Human Rights held a meeting with several civil society representatives and public figures to discuss a national draft strategy for human rights. The meeting included an open dialogue on the observations and proposals of the participants.

The session also saw discussions on challenges to bolstering human rights and how best to overcome them.

The timeframe for implementing the strategy extends to up to five years starting mid-2021, Abdel-Aziz said.

He added that the four-pronged strategy focuses on: political and civil rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; women, children, and youth; and the elderly and people with special needs.

The meeting was part of the second stage of consultations over the formulation of the strategy. The first stage saw six meetings in December and January.

The meetings held since last year were attended by representatives from the National Council for Human Rights, civil society groups, trade unions, research centres, universities, the Federation of the Chambers of Commerce, businessmen associations, and public figures.

 

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