Egypt delivered a speech on Sunday at the opening session of the non-governmental forum of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in its the second day of 30th meeting in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh, in preparation for the 64th session of the Committee from 24 April to 14 May.
Here is the full statement:
“It is my pleasure to welcome you to an expensive piece of the land of Egypt, which was restored by the blood of its martyrs after bitter wars, as it coincides with the anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day, and today, this blessed land embraces the best figures and entities that promote and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Africa.
It is a pleasure to be selected as the representative of the Egyptian Government at the NGO forum preceding the 64th session of the African Commission on Human Peoples’ Rights.
The experiences of the African peoples after the liberation from colonialism under the umbrella of different political regimes have multiplied, but they have not fulfilled the hopes of their peoples for development and prosperity and the promotion of human dignity.
The 2011 and 2013 revolutions in Egypt, and in a number of African countries, in the north, east and south of the continent, have proved that the peoples have an audible voice, and that achieving stability and progress requires moving parallel to the course of democracy and development.
The civil and political rights of Africa are more closely intertwined with economic, social and cultural rights than in other parts of the world. Human rights are indivisible and mutually reinforcing.
The possession of our African continent for enormous human and natural wealth creates opportunities and at the same time challenges. The role of civil society is not limited to training and provision of services, but contributes to the dissemination of correct information, raising political awareness and exposing corruption that hinders the progress of peoples.
Improving the human rights situation in our beloved continent requires a clear vision by both governments and civil society of the responsibilities and duties of each party.
Governments in particular have a responsibility to create a climate conducive to the free functioning of civil society, through the establishment of rules to regulate and facilitate their activities.
Similarly, civil society organizations should assist governments in discharging their responsibilities under their constitutions and international law towards their peoples in promoting and protecting the human rights of all individuals, monitoring shortcomings and proposing solutions, in addition to enabling individuals to enjoy those rights without discrimination in an integrated approach.
This requires building a healthy relationship between the two parties, based on agreement on the overall objectives of promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development, and benefiting from the different tools and mechanisms available to each party to reach those goals.
In conclusion, I would like to welcome all the participants again, and I am honored to convey to you the best wishes of the Egyptian Government for the success of your important forum.”