As Egypt heads the African countries Union this year, President Abdel Fattah AlSisi met with the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Mrs. Soyata Maiga.
The President confirmed the importance that Egypt attaches to the success of the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights that will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 24 April to 14 May 2019, in light of its chairmanship of the African Union. He added that Egypt has been keen since the establishment of the Commission, which is responsible for monitoring the human rights in African countries, to cooperate and strengthen its role. Egypt has also participated in drafting the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
Mrs. Maiga thanked the President for Egypt's hosting of 64th session of the Commission and confirmed Egypt's key role at the level of joint African action to improve the situation of human rights in the continent. The President highlighted that this would be an opportunity for the commissioners to know more about the real situation in Egypt and stressed that improving human rights is one of Egypt's priorities based on Egypt's Vision 2030.
President AlSisi reviewed the major developments and efforts by the state to improve the economic, social, living conditions and services, especially the eradication of slums and providing decent housing to nearly one million citizens, also the anti-Hepatitis C campaign and ending waiting lists for patients. This is in addition to efforts to improve education and social safety nets, empower the women and youth and caring for people with special needs.
The President also highlighted efforts to reinforce citizenship, religious tolerance and the acceptance of the other. This is in addition to the services that the state offers to the expatriates who fled to Egypt because of their countries' political and security circumstances.The President explained that all of these efforts come within the general framework of human rights, in accordance with the relevant United Nations charters.
The President confirmed that concurrently Egypt is fighting terrorism, which requires double the effort to fulfill the aspirations of the Egyptian people, in parallel with economic reform measures that seek to improve the quality of living of the Egyptian people.
The meeting also touched on the role of the Egyptian government in supporting the freedom of the work of Civil Society Organizations, which are estimated to be more than 50,000, as a requirement to encourage political participation and entrench democratic practices. The President affirmed that Egypt is open to cooperate with the Commission to improve the conditions of human rights in the continent and to maintain its independence as one of the main arms of the AU, especially in light of Egypt's chairmanship of the AU.