On Wednesday, the Technical Secretariat of the Permanent Supreme Committee for Human Rights held a hearing with representatives of a number of civil society organizations, with regard to the Egyptian President Sisi’s declaration of 2022 as the year of civil society.
Ambassador Alaa Rushdi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights and International Social and Humanitarian Issues and Head of the Technical Secretariat of the Supreme Committee explained, “We are now witnessing a new stage to build a constructive, effective and sustainable partnership between civil society and the government.”
Rushdi stressed that the Supreme Committee will be keen during the coming period to enhance communication and consultation with civil society organizations to discuss all relevant issues, topics and challenges in an open and constructive manner.
The hearing was attended by Mr. Ayman Abdel Mawgod, Assistant Minister of Social Solidarity for Civil Society Institutions Affairs, who stated during his speech that the ministry is currently working in partnership with civil society for the implementation of the national strategy for human rights and the assignments of the President Sisi.
MP Talaat Abdel Qawi, head of the General Federation of NGOs and Institutions, Ambassador Mahmoud Karem, representing the National Council for Human Rights, and representatives of nearly 50 non-governmental organizations were also attended the hearing.
Egypt’s new human rights strategy addresses civilian and political rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; the rights of women, children, disabled people, youths, and the elderly; and education and capacity building in the human rights field.
The president has stressed that the new strategy reflects Egypt’s comprehensive concept of human rights. He also called for a broader engagement of civil society organizations in the development and protecting human rights at the political, economic, and social levels, declaring 2022 the “Year of Civil Society.”
The launch of the National Strategy for Human Rights represents an unprecedented chance and a beginning of a great era for a new republic that is founded on respect and the implementation of human rights.