The Egyptian Cabinet headed by Mostafa Madbouli approved on Tuesday, Nov. 13 during the weekly meeting of the Cabinet establishing a permanent supreme committee for human rights.
The council aims to respond to claims issued against the Egyptian state concerning human rights issues. Egypt has witnessed over the past five years accusations of human rights abuses, which were slammed by the foreign minister.
The committee is responsible for developing a national strategy for human rights and plans to execute this strategy. The committee will also prepare Egypt’s report presented to the Universal Periodic Review of the UN member states, and will follow up the implementation of the recommendations accepted by Egypt.
During the Cabinet's meeting, Prime Minister Madbouli asserted that Egypt's presidency of the African Union (AU) in 2019 represents a golden opportunity for supporting and consolidating the Egyptian role at the African level.
Madbouli asserted the great interest that the political leadership attaches to the African continent, citing the recommendations and decisions issued by the World Youth Forum which was held recently in Sharm el-Skeikh.
He pointed out that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered taking all the measures needed for launching a presidential leadership program for African youth, noting that the government is currently preparing several programs and events that will push forward cooperation with the African countries.