Egypt’s UN del­e­gate con­demns racial rhetoric in Europe against im­mi­grants

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Egypt’s per­ma­nent del­e­gate to the United Na­tions Of­fice at Geneva (UNOG), Alaa Youssef, ex­pressed on Tuesday Egypt’s con­cerns over the rise of racial rhetoric in Europe, the rise of ha­tred against for­eign­ers, and dis­crim­i­na­tion and vi­o­lence against mi­nori­ties and im­mi­grants, in­clud­ing Mus­lims, Arabs, and Africans.

While de­liv­er­ing Egypt’s speech be­fore the meet­ing of the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva fol­low­ing the death of Egyp­tian stu­dent Mariam Moustafa, Youssef strongly con­demned us­ing the rhetoric of coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism and pre­serv­ing na­tional se­cu­rity to jus­tify tak­ing mea­sures against for­eign­ers and forcibly de­port­ing them af­ter de­tain­ing them in in­hu­mane de­ten­tion cen­tres in coun­tries such as the Nether­lands, Nor­way, and Fin­land.

The Egyp­tian del­e­gate strongly con­demned the “crime of as­sault­ing to death the Egyp­tian na­tional Mariam Moustafa in Not­ting­ham city in the UK, and the racial mo­tives be­hind the in­ci­dent.” The del­e­gate also de­manded the UK au­thor­i­ties con­duct an im­me­di­ate and trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crime in or­der to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice.

Moustafa, an 18-year-old Egyp­tian na­tional who was born in Rome,died of her in­juries last week af­ter fall­ing into a coma for about 24 days as a re­sult of an as­sault out­side a shop­ping mall in the city of Not­ting­ham on 20 Fe­bru­ary.

Youssef stressed the ne­ces­sity that the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil pay more at­ten­tion to the is­sue of dis­crim­i­na­tion and vi­o­lence against mi­nori­ties and im­mi­grants, and it called upon Euro­pean coun­tries to co­op­er­ate with the coun­cil to spread val­ues of tol­er­ance and ac­cept­ing the “other.”

Egypt’s per­ma­nent del­e­gate to the United Na­tions Of­fice at Geneva, Alaa Youssef

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