The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) submitted its 2010 annual report on the state of human rights in the Arab world to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Interior Minister. In a letter appended to the report, CIHRS urged the officials to undertake a thorough review of the Egyptian government’s human rights policies at home and abroad, arguing that this examination would demonstrate respect for the blood of the January 25 martyrs and rejection of complicity in bloodshed in other nations.
A chapter of the report examines the chief human rights problems in Egypt and looks at how the authorities dealt with this vital issue in ways that undermined the dignity of Egyptians and strengthened the police state. Another chapter addresses the Egyptian government’s “leading role” in undermining UN mechanisms for the protection of human rights and in creating an international bloc to provide cover for other countries’ human rights abuses and to shield them from accountability.
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