Two advisers to French president Francois Hollande met last Tuesday with representatives from six local and international rights organisations in Egypt.
During the meeting, the representatives discussed the deterioration of human rights conditions in Egypt and urged the French president to prioritise human rights issues in Egypt during his talks with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, according to a statement from the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS).
During the meeting, the representatives referred to various types of human rights violations practiced by the state against citizens, including unlawful detention, torture in prisons and police stations, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, violations of the judicial system and the crackdown on NGOs.
The representative contended that Al-Sisi must meet with Egyptian rights organisations to discuss the current status of human rights conditions in the country, and suggested that Al-Sisi to meet with UN to ”conduct a genuine fact-finding inquiry into the status of human rights in Egypt”.
The meeting comes days before the French president’s visit to Egypt, scheduled for Sunday, in which he will sign a number of economic agreements and discuss bilateral relations and conditions in the Middle East with Al-Sisi.