Al-Sisi stresses the need to embrace human rights and freedoms in their comprehensive sense

According to Daily News, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met on Monday with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry who presented to the president the first report of the National Strategy for Human Rights.

President Al-Sisi emphasized the importance of continuing to embrace human rights and freedoms in their broadest sense in Egypt, by the Egyptian Constitution and international obligations.

He directed the government to omit all obstacles facing the Supreme Standing Committee for Human Rights (SSCHR) to fully implement the National Strategy for Human Rights.

According to presidential spokesman Bassam Radi, the foreign minister emphasized the efforts of the authorities involved in the report.

The report included the most important national efforts to implement the National Strategy for Human Rights 2021-2026, focusing on its most important achievements until August 2022.

The Minister pointed out that the report also addressed the initiatives and decisions of the president and their impact on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

These include the abolition of the state of emergency, the launch of a comprehensive national political dialogue, the reactivation of the presidential pardon commission, the declaration of 2022 as the year of civil society, and the promotion of women’s access to judicial positions in the State Council and the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the first time.

“These initiatives and decisions came to strengthen public freedoms, especially freedom of opinion and expression, participation in political and public life, and to consolidate the values of democracy, the rule of law and Human Rights,” the report said.

The Foreign Minister also stated that the first year of implementation of the National Strategy for Human Rights confirmed that the close relationship between efforts to promote and protect human rights and the “Sustainable Development Strategy in Egypt’s Vision 2030 is an essential guarantee for their success together and for achieving a comprehensive impact that improves citizens’ conditions and rights.

The president also directed the need to continue cooperation between the committee and various government agencies, civil society organizations and specialized national councils to strengthen efforts related to human rights in Egypt within the framework of a constructive participatory approach.

Furthermore, Al-Sisi directed that the dialogue with states, international and regional organizations, and UN bodies concerned with human rights issues be continued to benefit from the best experiences and practices in this regard, with a focus on the equal implementation of all the strategy’s targeted results in its five axes to ensure a qualitative leap in Egypt’s overall climate of rights and freedoms.

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