The Prime Minister Holds a Meeting to Follow Up on the Implementation of the National Human Rights Strategy
On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a meeting to follow up on the implementation of the National Human Rights Strategy (NHRS), in the presence of Mr. Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Counselor Omar Marwan, Minister of Justice, and Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Mrs. Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, Counselor Alaa Fouad, Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, Dr. Tarek Tawfiq, Deputy Minister of Health and Population for Population Affairs, Dr. Diaa Rashwan, Chairman of the State Information Service, and Ambassador Khaled al-Baqly, Secretary-General Supreme Standing Committee for Human Rights (SSCHR), Dr. Iman Karim, Supervisor of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, and officials of ministries and relevant authorities.
The Cabinet stated in a press release that Dr. Mostafa Madbouly initiated the meeting emphasizing that there are directives from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to follow up on the implementation of the NHRS, by all concerned agencies and authorities to ensure the achievement of the Strategy’s goals.
During the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the SSCHR Sameh Shoukry reviewed the coordination with the ministries to implement the various pillars of the National Strategy, as well as the role played by Egyptian diplomatic missions in introducing the strategy in bilateral and multilateral forums.
For his part, Ambassador Khaled al-Baqli, Secretary-General of the SSCHR, presented in detail the measures taken to implement the pillars of the Strategy, including the pillar of civil and political rights, within which a number of legislative amendments were formulated for consideration during the coming period. In addition, al-Baqli presented the measures related to the implementation of the pillar of promoting women and children’s rights, rights of people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as increasing the human rights content in the school curricula and training courses for employees of the State administrative apparatus
Counselor Omar Marwan, Minister of Justice, reviewed the role played by the Ministry in responding to the allegations made by some foreign parties regarding some legal and judicial aspects, and the impact of these responses in clarifying the reality in Egypt.
Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, reviewed the aspects of economic and social rights that have been promoted, the improvement in Egypt's position in the past period in indicators of sustainable development and infrastructure, and the launch of a gender-responsive sustainable development plan.
For her part, Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, noted the positive developments that the area of women's rights has witnessed over the past seven years, praising in particular the decision to allow women to work in the Public Prosecution and the judiciary. She also presented draft laws that are approved by the Government and referred to the House of Representatives, including the draft law to increase the penalty of child marriage.
During the meeting, Dr. Diaa Rashwan, Chairman of the State Information Service, discussed the agency’s direct interaction with international human rights organizations to clarify the facts about the allegations that might be raised, as well as the visits that were organized for foreign correspondents to Egyptian prisons and correctional and rehabilitation centers, which had a significant positive effect.