22 February 2020 03:58 AM

Egypt State Information Service (SIS)

Dia’a Rashwan Calls For Creation of an African Concept of Human Rights to Face Campaigns of Incitement

Thursday، 08 August 2019 - 01:40 PM

Chairman of State Information Service Journalist Dia’a Rashwan called for creation of a regional-African concept whose elements and criteria concerning the human rights are agreed upon and in conformity with the African Charter of Human Rights and the common heritage of values and convergent cultures of these peoples.

Rashwan added that formulation of this concept helps in coordination of efforts to upgrade protection of human rights in the African states on fair bases that keep pace with their prevailing culture. It will contribute to confront campaigns of incitement and politicized condemnation that target the states and peoples of the Third World, especially the African
peoples.

These campaigns seek imposing unreal concepts and considerations to realize political objectives, meanwhile the history records the most heinous racial and discriminatory practices against these peoples by the policies and peoples who install themselves today sponsor and judge in human rights. 

This came in Dia’a Rashwan’s editorial in the 4th edition of the human rights studies periodical, issued by State Information Service within its comprehensive efforts to pay attention to issues of human rights and raise awareness of its true scientific content.

In his article, Rashwan reviewed a lot of measures; Egypt has recently adopted in supporting human rights, especially the recent constitutional amendments for enhancing women’s representation in the parliament by not less than 25% of the total members, and representation of the handicapped, youth, Christians and Egyptians abroad. In addition to
promulgation of worship places Law, adjustment of the status of hundreds of unlicensed buildings and churches. Moreover, due attention was paid to several social rights of the Egyptian vulnerable categories, like the health care campaigns, “Decent Life” Initiative and others that guarantee social and economic rights of big numbers of citizens.

Arts and Human Rights

SIS Chairman said that the new issue of "Studies in Human Rights" platform has included an unprecedented tackling of the relationship between arts and creativity in Egypt on one hand and human rights issues on the other. The new issue has been contributed by a host of the most distinguished creators and critics in Egypt. The novelist "Emad Adly" depicted human rights in literature in terms of time and place. He stressed that the novel is the most prominent in the face of attacks on human rights; it is an excellent representation of people's lives as it expresses their concerns, dreams and aspirations. Literature will continue against any abuse of humanity, or any encroach on human rights.

Dr. Al-Shaimaa Ibrahim stressed that art contributes to the refinement of public taste and bridges views among peoples. It helps to reduce aggressive behavior and fight corruption, as she highlighted the close link between the prosperity of the arts and the climate of freedom.

Mr. Kamal Al-Qadi presented creative images and important models of films that defended human rights in all details and aspects. He referred to films such as; Al-Baree’ (the Innocent), Al-Bo’asaa’ (the Miserable), Ga’alooni Mogreaman (They Made Me a Criminal), Oreedu Hallan (I need a solution), and other films that changed many laws and the perception of society in the recognition of many human rights.

The creative director "Ina’am Mohamed Ali" raised a topic related to "the role of television drama in dealing with human rights issues". She emphasizes the vivid effect of television drama, especially the daily episodes; thus, the viewer has the right to have rich dramatic and integrated contents offering experience, knowledge, values ​​and pleasure as well.

The artist "Mahmoud Al-Hudaini" mentioned his experience of a number of theatrical performances that were presented on the National Theater and raised many social and national issues, human rights and the struggle against colonialism.

Dr. "Medhat Al-Kashef" referred to a very important topic; i.e. the relation between censorship and freedom of creativity. He considers that censorship works in terms of maintaining the rights of society and the preservation of its values ​​and culture.

Dr. Nesreen al-Baghdadi tackled several artistic works, presented by the cinema, theatre and child theatre, taking in account that the art is one of the sources that mould awareness and knowledge. She indicated that the art opens creative vistas for the societies, on which they build their awareness understanding and responsibility in a way that allows the world to embrace the opinion and its opposite.

Chairman of SIS stated that “Studies in Human Rights” periodical is a quarterly one and published in Arabic, English and French. It contains the up-to-date studies and reports related to human rights issues locally, regionally and universally. Its editor-in-chief is Counselor Abdel Moati Abu Zeid, who doubles as Chief of Foreign Information Sector, and the managing editor is Dr. Ghada Helmi Ahmed. It is free of charge and distributed to the human rights parties concerned, universities, research centers, press institutions, Arab and foreign embassies in Egypt and our foreign bureaus abroad. Moreover, it is posted on SIS Human Rights Platform hrstudies.sis.gov.eg, besides SIS website.

This issue of the periodical included several studies, including; "The Duties of Individuals in the Human Rights System", prepared by Counselor Sana Khalil; “Protecting the Right to Equality and Eliminating Discrimination in Egypt”, prepared by Counselor Hany Georgy, Head of the Human Rights Division at the Prosecutor General Office. He affirmed that the rights to equality before the law and combat discrimination among citizens are two sides of the same coin; thus, all Egyptian constitutions treated all citizens according to a common norm, dealing with them on equal footing before the law, enforcing the power of justice and the essence of freedom and social peace. This issue also included a number of reports on human rights globally, regionally and locally; like a report on the 64th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), and a statement on facts and findings.
Moreover, it included a report on the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions, prepared by Counselor Ashraf Sorour, President of the Court of Appeal, and other reports, in addition to permanent sections and follow-up articles in the periodical.

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