The new headquarter of Egyptian National Council for Human rights in New Cairo (Photo: NCHR)
Khattab said the NCHR would reach the public through the council’s offices in different governorates to implement the directives of the National Strategy for Human Rights, which was launched in September by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
A new work plan based on the framework of the National Strategy for Human Rights will be put in place in the near future, she added.
Khattab also thanked President El-Sisi on behalf of the council’s members for ratifying parliament’s decision to restructure the NCHR. She also thanked the previous NCHR board headed by Mohamed Fayek for its efforts.
The council members expressed their gratitude for obtaining membership, and assured they would work to solidify and develop the protection of human rights. They also said they would also work to prepare reports submitted periodically to human rights bodies as part of international conventions, as well as respond to inquiries from these bodies.
President El-Sisi ratified parliament’s decision to restructure the NCHR in late December.
The NHCR board comprises human rights advocates and other public figures, including prominent human rights activists George Ishak and Nehad Abul-Qomsan, political science professor and writer Nevine Mosaad, and Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online Ezzat Ibrahim.
It also includes journalist Mahmoud Saad, lawyer and human rights activist Essam Shiha, and Chairman of the Reform and Development Party Mohamed Anwar Esmat El-Sadat.
The council is entrusted with monitoring the human rights situation in Egypt, releasing periodical reports, and recommending new legislation that can improve human rights.