24 October 2020 01:53 PM

FM attends meeting of advisory body on national strategy for human rights

Sunday، 18 October 2020 - 12:23 PM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shourky on Saturday 17/10/2020 attended a meeting of the advisory body mandated to draw up a national strategy for human rights.

Addressing the meeting, held at the Foreign Ministry HQ, Shourky affirmed that the initiative, aimed to draw up the first national, integrated, and long-term strategy for human rights in Egypt, reflects a strong political will to push forward national efforts to adopt a serious and clear vision towards boosting fundamental rights and freedoms.

Shoukry highlighted national efforts to improve the human rights situation in Egypt upon President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's directives, as an essential part of the State's comprehensive development plan, asserting the importance of human rights as a key pillar of any modern civil state.

The foreign minister pointed out that the advisory body gathers prestigious experts, whose job is to give remarks and suggestions on the draft strategy, adding that civil society representatives in Cairo and other governorates would participate in consultation sessions of the higher committee tasked with drawing up the strategy.

Egypt enjoys well-established institutions, a modern constitution, and an outstanding legal heritage, the top diplomat noted, saying the committee is the tool, which achieves integration and coordination among the State's bodies concerned to effectively deal with the aspects of the human rights file.

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights and International Humanitarian and Social Affairs Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin described the strategy as a national comprehensive project in the human rights field.

The committee will study all the final recommendations, issued by regional and international bodies as well as the National Council for Human Rights, he added.

Meanwhile, the members of the advisory body lauded efforts exerted by the higher committee to chart out the strategy.

The 25-strong body gathers public figures and veteran experts in different specialties to give their opinions about the draft strategy.

MENA

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