Amr Ra­madan re­jects crit­ics of UNHR state­ment for Egypt’s Hu­man Rights

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics - By Sarah El-Sheikh

Egypt’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to United Na­tions (UN) in Geneva,Amr Ra­madan ex­pressed re­jec­tion for the re­cent state­ment re­leased by United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights that crit­i­cized Egypt’s hu­man rights con­di­tions.

The Egyp­tian diplo­mat state­ments came dur­ing the 36th open­ing ses­sion of the hu­man rights coun­cil, in re­sponse to what was said High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein on 11 Septem­ber re­gard­ing sit­u­a­tions in dif­fer­ent coun­tries in the Mid­dle East in­clud­ing Egypt in a de­tailed state­ment pub­lished on the UN of­fi­cial web­site.

For Egypt, the state­ment ref­er­eed to the sit­u­a­tion of civil so­ci­ety in the dur­ing the past years, and to re­cent mea­sures im­posed in the coun­try such dec­la­ra­tion of state of emer­gency and block­ing of web­sites, in which was all de­cided un­der the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of fight­ing ter­ror­ism.

Ra­madan re­jected that UNHR state­ment say­ing that it “re­flected dis­solved logic, and po­lit­i­cal views that crossed all bar­ri­ers” and came in vi­o­la­tion to man­date set for the com­mis­sioner post as he is re­quired to re­spect the sovereignty and in­ter­nal ju­ris­dic­tion of States and not to com­pare them with ter­ror­ist and ex­trem­ist crim­i­nal groups.

The com­mis­sioner state­ment said that there are “some gov­ern­ments are more dan­ger­ous to our world to­day than ter­ror­ists and ex­trem­ists groups”.

The Egyp­tian diplo­mat has fur­ther ref­er­eed that Egypt has pre­vi­ously warned the com­mis­sioner from re­peat­ing nar­ra­tives of bi­ased or­ga­ni­za­tions. “The Com­mis­sioner has been warned that his of­fice will be­come a mouth­piece for those or­ga­ni­za­tions mo­ti­vated by bi­ased po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests. He is re­peat­ing al­le­ga­tions and words with­out fully un­der­stand­ing for the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion and its di­men­sions,” said Ra­madan.

The UNHR state­ment also crit­i­cized the re­cently ap­proved non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion (NGO) law say­ing that “com­pre­hen­sively restricts the ac­tiv­i­ties of civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, breaches in­ter­na­tional law, as well as Egypt’s own Con­sti­tu­tion”.

Ra­madan com­mented on this say­ing,“Is a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law in a phrase of lack­ing the most pre­cise and ob­jec­tive na­ture.The In­ter­na­tional law as­serts re­spect for sovereignty, and does not reg­u­late cer­tain sit­u­a­tion for of civil so­ci­ety, and does not place non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions above the na­tional laws cre­ated to reg­u­late and pro­tect their work”.

Ra­madan con­cluded his state­ments as­sert­ing that Egypt has re­peat­edly clar­i­fied to UN hu­man rights coun­cil and for oth­ers, reg­u­la­tion and pro­ce­dures of fair lit­i­ga­tion for cit­i­zens and se­cu­rity per­son­nel in the Egyp­tian law. He also called on the ne­ces­sity to work on the unity of the so­ci­ety and to strengthen the col­lec­tive ac­tion in­stead of the method of dis­tort­ing coun­try im­age.

Last week, a re­port was pub­lished by Amer­i­can-founded in­ter­na­tional non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion Hu­man Rights Watch HRW Egypt’s gov­ern­men­tal re­port­ing that there is “sys­tem­atic tor­ture prac­tices” in de­ten­tion places based on in­ter­views with 19 peo­ple, Egyp­tian me­dia re­ports and lo­cal NGOs. The re­port claimed that the cur­rent po­lice ap­pa­ra­tus “brought back vi­o­lent prac­tices of the Mubarak era in ad­di­tion to lack of ac­count­abil­ity.” Govern­ment en­ti­ties has re­jected the re­port de­pict­ing it as un­founded and based on un­of­fi­cial sources.

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