Wrap up of EU's Human rights envoy's visit to Egypt: challenge and promising future



Thu, 14 Apr 2022 - 04:19 GMT


Thu, 14 Apr 2022 - 04:19 GMT

European Union Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore

European Union Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore

CAIRO – 14 April 2022: Human rights in Egypt have many challenges as well as promising opportunities, head of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Moushira Khattab said Thursday as European Union Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore wrapped up his three-day visit to Egypt.

Launching the first national human rights strategy recently indicates a serious will to change, and it is a “golden opportunity” that must be used to raise the ceiling of civil and political rights, she added.

Khattab also emphasized that the EU is a strategic partner appreciated by Egyptians at all levels, including the officials and the public in rural areas as the EU always shows enthusiasm to cooperate with Egypt in all fields such as human rights and social and economic development.

Egypt’s human rights strategy aims to make human rights a reality and a way of life where individuals are aware these rights enhance and promote their own life standards.

Gilmore, Khattab, and Berger


For his part, Gilmore said no country has a clean record of human rights, including the member states of the EU. He added that human rights are closely connected to sustainable development.

Gilmore and EU Ambassador to Cairo Christian Berger spoke for two hours with the members of the NCHR, university students, and civil society representatives.

Gilmore, Khattab, and University students

Egypt is keen on human rights and integrating it in all aspects of life, while Gilmore commented that this is an accumulative process that requires time and effort.

For his part, head of ANDMHR, Mahmoud Basyouni, called on the EU to cooperate with Egypt in combating hate speech and incitement to violence on social media, saying that extremist groups use social media platforms to spread their ideology and recruit young people by posting wrong information that disrupts the relationship between citizens and the institutions of their state.

He asked the EU to treat the issue with all “seriousness” as such groups manipulate the right to free speech in the EU countries to incite violence and spread harmful rumors.  

On Tuesday, the Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives met with Gilmore and the EU ambassador to Cairo.

They tackled the role of the parliament in the national human rights strategy, touching on the amount of political, economic, cultural, and social achievements in Egypt in recent years. 





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