Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a debate, on Wednesday, on strengthening the country’s human rights protections and ways to face its challenges.
As part of the debate, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the Permanent Supreme Committee for Human Rights Sameh Shoukry met with Muhammad Faiq, President of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR).
Shoukry affirmed the Supreme Committee’s appreciation for the important role the NCHR plays as an independent body in the field of human rights. He also noted the importance of consultation between the Supreme Committee and the NCHR in a way that protects and promotes human rights in Egypt.
For his part, Faiq praised the Egyptian Government’s initiative to prepare a comment on the last annual report of the Council after studying its content.
He welcomed the holding of a joint Supreme Committee and NCHR meeting to discuss the latter’s report and the government’s observations on it.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted, on Wednesday, a joint meeting to discuss the government’s comments on the council’s annual report.
The meeting, which was held in the presence of Faiq and a number of the NCHR’s members, witnessed an interactive, open, and constructive discussion on the recent progress in the field of promoting and protecting human rights
The meeting also discussed the related challenges, and the council’s recommendations on how to deal with them.
During the meeting, members of the Supreme Committee affirmed their appreciation for the NCHR’s important role in consolidating the values of human rights, and spreading awareness about them.
On 15 March, Ambassador Alaa Rushdy, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Head of the Technical Secretariat of the High Permanent Committee for Human Rights, delivered a letter to Faiq.
The letter, which arrived from Shoukry, outlined the government’s comment on the NCHR’s last annual report, affirming the government’s keenness to deal seriously with the reports issued by the Council.
Rushdy explained that the Supreme Committee undertook the task of carefully studying all observations and recommendations in the report.
It also coordinated with all concerned official authorities, with the aim of commenting on these observations and determining the possibility of taking the recommendations contained therein.