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Egypt Wins UN Human Rights Committee Membership

Saturday، 25 June 2016 - 12:45 PM

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt won the midterm elections for membership in the UN Human Rights Committee for the period from 2017 - 2021, with Ambassador Ahmed Fathallah as Egypt's representative in the Committee.

The spokesperson said the elections were aimed at renewing the membership of nine states out of a total of 18 members of the Committee, whereby 26 countries competed for the nine seats in an intensely competitive election. 

Candidate countries are voted on by UN members in the General Assembly of the United Nations that are parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (169 countries), while the Human Rights Committee monitors and evaluates the performance of states that are party to the International Covenant in regards to the extent to which they fulfill their obligations in the field of human rights.

In conclusion, the spokesperson pointed out that Egypt's winning of such a seat in an important UN Committee reflects the international community's confidence in Egypt and the fulfillment of its international obligations, and sends a strong message to all those who are skeptical about Egypt's adherence to its constitutional and international obligations in the field of human rights.

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