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Item 4 General Debate – Oral Intervention

Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government, Egyptians continue to face some of the worst human rights abuses in decades. The government’s zero-tolerance policy to peaceful dissent means that civil society organizations are under continuous attack,…
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Item 5 Interactive Dialogue with Assistant Secretary General Andrew Gilmour on Reprisals

Thank you, Mr. President,
 
 Assistant Secretary General Gilmour, Human Rights Watch thanks you for your latest report. We are deeply concerned that Egypt has committed further acts of intimidation and reprisals against individuals cooperating…
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Interactive Dialogue with Assistant UN Secretary-General Andrew Gilmour on the Secretary-General’s Report on Reprisals

Human Rights Watch welcomes the first Interactive Dialogue with the ASG and his latest report. We are deeply concerned about cases of reprisals committed in the reporting period, including by three countries that have appeared in every single report by…
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(Beirut) – The Egyptian government blocked access to the Human Rights Watch website inside Egypt on September 7, 2017, a day after the organization released a report that documented the systematic use of torture in the country…
Sketch showing an Egyptian man being electrocuted.
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

We welcome the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors.
 
 First, leadership: many…
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General Debate under Item 8

The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action affirms the vital contribution of civil society to the realization of human rights.
 
 It is therefore with dismay that we note a concerted pushback against civil society participation in countries and…