EGYPT: Call on States to address the human rights situation in Egypt at the UN Human Rights Council

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The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) has joined over 100 leading human rights organisations from around the world calling for collective action to address the human rights situation in Egypt at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The groups called on governments to lead and support the creation of a monitoring and reporting, mechanism on the ever-deteriorating human rights situation in Egypt at the upcoming 46th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council scheduled to begin on February 22, 2021. Establishing a monitoring and reporting mechanism would serve as an important step in raising the profile of the violations and crimes committed, providing remedies for survivors and victims’ families, deterring further abuses, and establishing pathways for accountability. According to groups that joined the letter the struggle for human rights in Egypt is at a “critical juncture.” Inaction by Egypt’s partners and Human Rights Council member states has emboldened the Egyptian government “in its efforts to silence dissent and crush independent civil society.”

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