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HRW Statement - Item 4 General Debate

The joint statements on Egypt and on Russia, delivered under item 4 by large cross-regional groups of states, bring much-needed attention to the rapidly deteriorating situation in these countries. Ten years after the 2011 Egyptian…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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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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Because we believe in a Tunisia that brings us all together regardless of our differences, colors, various life styles and diverse beliefs; because we support this freedom that we have so partially reached; because all of us, individuals and society, must…
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EU, US Should Speak Out

(Beirut) – The Egyptian government has trampled over even the minimum requirements for free and fair elections for the planned March 26-28, 2018 vote for president, fourteen international and regional rights organizations said today.…
Members of the presidential campaign of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi count boxes containing his new presidential candidacy papers at the National Election Authority, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 presidential election in Cairo, Egyp
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Item 6 UPR adoption

Tunisians now enjoy their human rights to a greater extent than they did under President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, whom they ousted in 2011. Since 2011, they have adopted a new constitution, held free and fair legislative and presidential elections, and…
A general view of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People in Tunis, Tunisia, May 2016.
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Item 4 General Debate

Repression of rights defenders, journalists, and opposition in Egypt has reached levels not seen in decades – from legislation effectively banning NGOs, to enforced disappearances, long-term arbitrary detention, and extrajudicial killings. …
Sketch showing an Egyptian man being electrocuted.
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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. The…
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…