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Egypt Launches Platform on Human Rights Conditions
The portal includes a database of all local, regional and international information about human rights, announced the State Information Service (SIS), adding that it is meant to promote a correct understanding of human rights, taking into consideration the economic, social, cultural and political aspects.
SIS also indicated that it will use the portal to confront attempts to politicize human rights’ conditions in the country.
The platform is part of a broad media activity being carried out to achieve Egypt’s goals in promoting and spreading the culture of human rights, according to SIS chairman Diaa Rashwan.
Egyptian deputy of the human rights committee in parliament, Margaret Azer told Asharq Al-Awsat that the new platform will use evidence to respond to “suspicious” organizations trying to politically exploit human rights issues in Egypt.
It will also respond to the questions and reports of international organizations on conditions in Egypt.
In March, Cairo responded to the US State Department’s annual report on the human rights situation in the world in 2018, saying it was “not objective” and makes unsubstantiated claims about the state of human rights in the country.
Egypt has repeatedly asked Human Rights Watch (HRW) to be accurate about its human rights reports.