On Wednesday, February 19, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies hosted a discussion with a delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regarding the current situation of human rights in Egypt. Attending the meeting from the OHCHR delegation was Mr. Anders Kompass, head of the delegation and Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division of the OHCHR, Ms. Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch of the OHCHR, Mr. Abdel Salam Sid Ahmed, representative of the OHCHR Regional Office for the Middle East, and Mr. Nidal Jurdi, Human Rights Officer at the OHCHR Regional Office for North Africa.
The discussion revolved around the situation of human rights in Egypt in light of the smear campaign and accusations facing human rights organizations. The discussion also focused on the context in which investigations are being carried out into the cases of a number of activists, individuals who have expressed opposition to the government, and those who denounce violations. The discussion also touched on the negotiations being carried out by the OHCHR with the Egyptian government with the aim of opening a regional office of the OHCHR in Egypt; participants in the discussion offered their points of view regarding this issue.
The following human rights organizations participated in the discussion: The Egyptian Coalition for Child Rights, the Front for the Defense of Egyptian Protesters, the National Community for Human Rights and Law, the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Liberties, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, the Egyptian Foundation for Advancement of Childhood Conditions, Nazra for Feminist Studies, and the Arab Network for Human Rights Information.
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