Leaders of political parties in Egypt have praised a national strategy for human rights that was launched by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, seeing in it a historic document – the first to be issued in the region – that reflects the strength of the new republic.
President Sisi has declared that 2022 will be a year of civil society, thus encouraging NGOs to play a bigger role at the social, economic, cultural, political, and unionist levels.
Chairman of the Tagammu Party Sayyed Abdel Aal, in statements to MENA Sunday, said the declaration of the human rights strategy indicates that Egypt now has an index to rate its performance in terms of economic, social, political, religious, women’s and youth rights.
Essam Khalil, chairman of the Free Egyptians Party, told MENA that Egypt is a country of institutions that acts in line with ambitious long and short-term strategies to achieve aspirations of its people.
He touched upon the attention paid to most-in-need segments of society, which coincides with serious steps to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development in the country.
Building a new republic entails cooperation among all state sectors, the people, NGOs and political parties, Khalil noted.
Speaking to MENA, secretary general of the Nation’s Future Party Dina Abdel Kerim said now is the best time Egypt could apply the true human rights standards, following gains achieved at the security, economic and social levels.
The Eradet Geel Party also praised the declaration by President Sisi that 2022 would be the year of civil society. Its chairman, Tayseer Mattar, said this declaration reflects the president’s belief in the important role played by the NGOs to implement development policies in the country and improve the cultural and social conditions of citizens.
Chairman of the Reform and Development Party Mohamed Anwar Sadat acknowledged that Sisi’s support for the national human rights strategy does give it further momentum. Hopefully, the proposed visions and policies would be translated into facts on the ground for citizens, Sadat expected.
Hazem Omar, chairman of the Republican People’s Party, greatly appreciated the strategy that tackles the comprehensive concept of human rights in integration with national development and in line with Egypt’s 2030 vision.
Deputy chairman of the Reform and Renaissance Party Amr Nabil said the launch of the national human rights strategy is important to protect the national development agenda in Egypt. It is important to promote human rights in a way that best suits local communities at the cultural, social, economic and political levels, Nabil said, noting this should help realize the people’s right to development.
Tareq Raslan, deputy chairman of the Congress Party, said the aspects of the strategy cover the civil rights, economic rights and women’s rights.
For her part, representative of the Al Wafd Party in parliament MP Amira Abu Shoqa said the strategy is as good as a new roadmap to build potentials of the Egyptian state. It is a plan of action to build a modern and advanced state based on respect for citizenship rights and humanitarian action, Abu Shoqa told MENA. (MENA)