Economic Rights in Danger EOHR calls upon the Egyptian government to clarify whether bread subsidies have been reduced

March 7th, 2017 by Editor

Economic Rights in Danger

EOHR calls upon the Egyptian government to clarify whether bread subsidies have been reduced

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) views the latest developments regarding bread subsidies in Egypt with great concern. This comes after the quantity of subsidized bread given on supply subsidy cards was reduced in Alexandria, Kafr El Sheikh, and parts of greater Cairo (Giza). This led to spontaneous protests and demonstrations and the situation remains tense.

 

The ministry of supply issued a statement on the 6th of March claiming that every beneficiary of supply cards has the right to 5 loaves of bread daily, or 150 loaves monthly. The statement reaffirmed that the government does not intend to reduce bread subsidies.

However what happened on March 7th in several Egyptian cities, and the unrest that follows clearly negates what the governmental statement has said.

EOHR believes that under the current Economic conditions, especially after the flotation of the Egyptian pound and the inflation that followed, reducing subisidies on bread will have great reprercussions. EOHR calls upon the government to take all necessary steps to resolve the bread crisis, and make sure that the current economic hardships have minimal effects on the country’s poor.

This comes in line with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that obliges states party to it to protect the economic and social rights of their citizens. These rights are also safeguarded by the universal declaration for human rights, and Egypt’s constitution.

 

Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR in his reaction to the crisis said that economic rights are the most important of basic human rights, especially the rights to food, access to electricity, and medical care. Abu Seada added that Egyptian citizens should be guranteed these rights without having to carry heavy burdens to attain them.

 

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