11 December 2018 08:26 PM

Foreign Ministry condemns UN special rapporteur's statement on Egypt housing policy

Friday، 07 December 2018 - 11:43 AM

Egypt's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the press release issued by Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha on the policies adopted by Egypt in the housing domain.

In a statement, the ministry said Egypt invited the UN official to visit the country from September 24 to October 3 to get acquainted with the challenges the government is facing to provide appropriate housing to citizens.

But from the time she arrived in Egypt, the UN official began fabricating stories and lies during her different meetings, casting doubts on her real intentions towards Egypt, the statement said.

These doubts were proved to be true when the UN official contacted Al Jazeera channel, which is known for its blatant support of terrorist organizations, immediately after issuing her statement, a move that shows that her statement is politically motivated.

This also shows that the UN expert has other motives and that she is taking human rights and fundamental freedoms as cover, especially as she deliberately ignored talking about any positive side in the country's housing policies, the statement said.

She also failed to provide any evidence supporting her claims and turned a blind eye to the government's unprecedented accomplishments in providing appropriate housing units to citizens.

In her statement, the UN official did not talk about the government's plan to set up 600,000 social housing units, of which 300,000 were already set up on a record time to meet the needs of limited-income people, the statement said.

She failed to mention the underway development of 46 unsafe slums inside and outside Cairo, the statement said.

The UN official's statement, which lacks credibility, requires from the UN Human Rights Council to take deterrent measures towards officials trading with their positions, it said.

The statement also condemned her threat that special rapporteurs will not pay further visits to Egypt unless it took serious steps in the housing domain, saying the Egyptian government will not leave this matter unanswered and will take necessary measures to guarantee that this special rapporteur is blamed for her unprofessional and irresponsible behavior.

Special Rapporteurs are independent human rights experts, appointed by UN Member States at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report on thematic rights issues and country situations.

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