Egypt keen to consolidate citizens' rights: President Sisi

MENA , Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Dec 2021

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Friday that Egypt is keen to consolidate the social, living, economic and service rights of citizens, a something that has been reflected in the National Strategy for Human Rights.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Reuters/File photo

El-Sisi’s remarks came in a tweet to mark the International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

"The international community is celebrating the Human Rights Day, which aim to safeguard the dignity of every one and their right to a decent life where they will enjoy their rights through a comprehensive approach, a matter which Egypt is keen to achieve through consolidating the social, living, economic and service rights of citizens," El-Sisi said in a tweet.

The president added that a recently launched National Strategy for Human Rights in Egypt is "a practical path to boost the Egyptian people’s rights, in conjunction with the development path, which cements the principles of the foundation of a new republic."

The strategy comes to meet the aspirations and expectations of the current and future generations and support the efforts of a state that is striving to change its status and build a better future within a region that is highly restive and full of challenges, El-Sisi said.

The ntional strategy, which was launched by El-Sisi in September 2021, spans five years and is based on four main axes: the civilian and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; rights of women, children, disabled people, youth and the elderly; and education and capacity building in the human rights field.

On Thursday, twelve human rights organisations signed a statement commending the accomplishments made by Egypt over the past year to consolidate the culture of human rights, including the launch of the strategy, and especially after ending the state of emergency.

In October, El-Sisi announced that he would not extend the state of emergency that had been renewed every three months since two churches in northern Egypt were subjected to terrorist attacks in April 2017.

The 12 organisations hailed the strategy of human rights saying that it recognises challenges facing the comprehensive implementation of international human rights conventions and highlights the government’s pledge to work with Parliament to resolve them.

“A careful reading of the national strategy indicates Egypt’s tendency to build a legislative infrastructure that promotes Egyptian human rights in line with Egypt’s international commitments while adhering to the features of its unique identity and its cultural and religious components,” the organisations said.

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