The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its deep indignation and condemnation of a press release issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights concerned with the right to adequate housing, as it contained false and fabricated facts in addition to baseless allegations about the state’s housing policies.
In a press statement, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Egypt invited the Special Rapporteur for a visit from September 24 to October 3, 2018, in the context of its openness to cooperate with international human rights mechanisms and to learn about international experiences in dealing with the challenges facing countries.
However, the Special Rapporteur tended to fabricate lies and fabrications from the very first moment of the arrival in Cairo and stir up crises in various meetings, although all possible means were available to carry out work.
The suspicions were clearly confirmed after the aforementioned rapporteur contacts with Al-Jazeera Channel, which is known for its blatant support of terrorist organizations, in evidence that it was politicized, revealing that it takes human rights as a cover while not mentioning any positive aspects related to housing policies in Egypt, and not providing any data on its claims.
The Ministry pointed out that the Special Rapporteur had sought to conceal and even obscure the government’s unprecedented achievements in providing adequate housing for citizens, as well as the progressive and bold decisions taken to bring about a qualitative shift in housing policies to ensure decent living, adequate and safe housing.
In this sense, the irresponsible actions of the Special Rapporteur during the visit to Egypt, and the subsequent lack of credibility, raise many questions about the extent of its independence, so the Ministry calls for deterrent action by the Human Rights Council against those who are trying to make use of their posts.