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CAIRO - 12 September 2020: Deputy Director General of the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) General Mohamed Ibrahim El Deweri said the launching of the national strategy for human rights was fully consistent with the requirements of the new republic in order to change Egypt into a more influential and powerful country.
In statements to MENA, General Deweri said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's launching of the national strategy for human rights was certainly a real interpretation of the president's visions and beliefs that the human being is the main objective of all state efforts in the various domains.
He noted that all axes of the national strategy for human rights primarily focused on placing high the interests of the Egyptian person and elevating his dignity and position in the equation of the citizen's rights and citizenship.
The strategy was fully consistent with all the positive developments that took place at all the state's sectors which are certainly serving the citizens' interests (major national projects, social protection and health measures, empowerment of youths and women as well as enhancement of children's rights), he explained.
He made it clear that President Sisi was keen on supporting the civil society organizations and granting them roles which contribute to enhancing the state's strenuous efforts in all fields of concern, adding that President Sisi announced that 2022 will be a year for the civil society, a matter which could back the role of such organizations in partnership with the state.
Concluding his statement, Deweri said such national strategy is a categorical and unprecedented step and a milestone in Egypt's history as included in the president's speech.
“The 2011 revolution was a death certificate for the country,” said President Sisi during his comments on a panel titled ‘Human Rights…The present and the Future” at the ceremony of launching the strategy.
He said that Egypt has suffered many cultural, religious, cultural, media and economic challenges and there are many issues that are rooted in society. “We must work on the basis of confidence in the state so that it can overcome challenges,” talking about the consequences that Egypt has witnessed after the 2011 revolution which toppled late President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year tenure.
Talking about post-revolutions that took place in other neighboring countries, President Sisi said that the experience of demolishing countries had disastrous results and caused the displacement of thousands of citizens.
“There is a camp in a country where children were taken to marry and bring terrorists inside the societies,” he continued.
The president added that some groups have been negatively affected minds of Egyptians for 90 years. “There are groups in the state still gnawing doubts and forming a culture of skepticism,” he said.
Regarding the Egyptian laws that aim to guarantee the freedoms in Egypt, President Sisi said that although the state passed the anti-FGM and early marriage laws, there are still some families practice such acts. “The success of such laws will take time,” he said.
President Sisi added that the Personal Status Law should satisfy all people, achieve balance and guarantee rights. “The Personal Status Law allows me document divorces. I do not speak against anyone,” he said.
“Whoever wants to impose his own way is a dictatorial one. You cannot impose it on me. Give us a chance and help ourselves,” he said.
“The law that is not enforced has no value and any measure that contradict the culture of society is a waste,” said Sisi to Journalist Ibrahim Issa who talked about imposing a law that limits the number of children.
As for the freedom of beliefs, President Sisi said that Egypt's Church Construction Law is one of the state’s progress examples in terms of human rights. “Why do people get angry about building churches. I say this from a religious perspective. Our Lord orders us to respect all people and rights, including women,” he said.
“A country like Egypt wants at least $1 trillion dollars for the public spending annually. If we have this figure, they [the people] would hold me and the government accountable,” he said.
“We provide a discriminative service when it comes to health care as some people in Assuit (Upper Egypt) couldn’t find medical treatment without our interference. This is unacceptable as everyone has the right to medical care,” he added.
As for women rights, President Sisi that he is not prejudice in favor of women. “I’m trying to give them back their rights, which have been violated for a long time,” the President said.