National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Chairman Mohamed Fayek submitted to interim President Adly Mansour on Sunday a report about the memorial of South African leader Nelson Mandela, which he attended as Egypt’s representative.
Fayek discussed with Mansour Egypt’s relations with other African countries, which he described as “frigid”, reported state-run news agency MENA. They also considered a number of propositions which could improve such relations.
Fayek also discussed the NCHR’s activities with Mansour, who promised to study the feasibility of carrying out such activities. Human rights conditions in Egypt were also brought up during the meeting.
The NCHR chairman was delegated by Mansour to represent Egypt during Mandela’s memorial. Fayek had known Mandela on a personal level. Mansour believed he would be the best person to represent Egypt in the memorial, according to NCHR Deputy Chairman Abdel Ghaffar Shokr.
The council had mourned South Africa’s late president and leader upon his death, highlighting his role in fighting racism and boosting human rights.
“Mandela’s struggle to unite South Africa and achieve transitional justice and national reconciliation will remain an international model for peaceful and democratic transition and the implementation of basic human rights,” the council said in a statement released on 6 December.
Mandela’s memorial was attended by tens of thousands of South Africans alongside world leaders. The anti-apartheid leader died on 5 December at the age of 95. He had retreated from public life over a decade ago.