Abu Seada identities four entities for the nomination of the members of the National Council for Human Rights

July 16th, 2012 by Editor

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), suggested that four different entities should nominate the to-be-members of the National Council for Human Rights. The four entities suggested were the committee of Human Rights in the Shurah Council, the committee of Human Rights in the People’s Assembly, CSOs and National Council for Human Rights thus adhering to international standards.  He also called upon the National Council to represent women, youth, NGOs and Human Rights activists, stressing on an independent budget for the Council to be determined in an atmosphere of transparency.

This came during the hearing session held by the Human Rights Committee in the Shurah Council on the 16th of July 2012 with Dr. Ehab Al-Khrat presiding over the committee. The discussion included the criteria for formation of the National Council for Human Rights. Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, head of the Legislative Committee in the National Council for Human Rights, Mr. Mohsen Awad, former head of the Ombudsmen Committee of the Council, Mr. Alaa Shalabi, the secretary general for the Arab Organization for Human Rights and Mr. Mohamed Zara, a representative of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights’ Studies.

On his part, Abu Saeda has clarified that the National Council enjoys an excellent reputation internationally because of its role in the establishment of a complaints processing mechanisms. Moreover, the annual report published by the council has become one of the most important and most cited in the field of Human Rights.

Abu Seada also rejected the idea of replacing the council with a Ministry of Human Rights. He accentuated that the ministry would be part of the executive power and hence cannot be a replacement of the Council. Especially that some of the Councils main roles are the monitoring of the government, receiving complaints about violations and addressing the government to release information. Abu Saeda said that there can be a Ministry for Human Rights provided that it is in place alongside the Council. The Ministry can collaborate towards thorough scrutiny of the complaints addressed to the Council.

The head of EOHR has submitted a suggestion to change the law of the Council. The suggestion included the criteria for choosing the members of the Council and will be sent to the Committee of Human Rights in the Shurah Council. He also expressed his distress concerning any change in the name of the council as it has a good international reputation under its current name.

 

The meeting ended with the agreement that the Committee of Human Rights in the Shura Council will work hand-in-hand with the National Council for Human Rights towards improving the selection criteria for its members.  

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