Dr. Walaa Gad Al-Karim, member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), participated as representative of NCHR at the high-level international conference for the Secretariat of Grievances and the Umbodsman institutions, which was hosted by the Royal Academy in the Moroccan capital Rabat on February 28, 2023 under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, headed by Mohamed Ben Alilou the mediator of the Kingdom vice president of the Francophone Imbodsman Association.
The conference was held at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Mediator (Moroccan Grievances Bureau) under the title "Ensuring the developmental dimension of the Human Rights activity in public policies."
The international conference witnessed a high-level presence of leaders and heads of the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) and secretariats of Grievances Bureaux from several European, African and Arab countries, in addition to experts and international officials from various networks and Grievances Bureaux from the Francophone and Europeans alliances.
The conference witnessed in-depth discussions on the roles of NHRIs and Grievance Bureaux in accordance with the relevant United Nations General Assembly resolutions.
For his part, Dr. Walaa Gad Al-Karim, member of the NCHR and head of NCHR Complaints System, reviewed in a working paper that reflects the vision of the National Council for Human Rights regarding the role of national institutions in achieving justice, fairness and the rule of law, the roles played by the NCHR in Egypt during the previous period in dealing with complaints and grievances related to Human Rights violations, the successes that was achieved through investing the President's initiatives to use his authority in the presidential amnesty for a large number of prisoners, and the inclusion of demands related to the main challenges to enhance human rights in the axes of the National Dialogue Initiative launched in April 2022.
The paper submitted by Dr. Gad Al -Karim also touched on the features and indicators that reflect the compatibility of the performance and system of the NCHR with international principles and standards that guarantee independence, efficiency and empowerment of the institutions of the grievances and NHRIs, whether Paris principles or the General Assembly of the United Nations resolutions.
Gad Al-Karim emphasized that the Egyptian constitution and the NCHR law No. 197 of 2017 ensure the participation of NCHR effectively in enhancing the implementation of Human Rights obligations and achieving justice, fairness, and the rule of law.
The NCHR member added in his paper that the current formation of NCHR is based on the historical heritage of the previous formations, but it was lucky to take responsibility in light of the presence of the first National Human Rights Strategy adopted by the state.
Gad Al-Karim also reviewed in the paper that was presented during the international conference indicators of the success of the of NCHR complaints system in dealing with the allegations of Human Rights violations, and the unprecedented development in the rates of engagement and interaction of the concerned authorities with the reports of NCHR, as well as increased community confidence In the system as witnessed by the unprecedented numbers of reports which are also used as indicators ans guide for the priorities of the reforms adopted by NCHR and a tool to follow up the implementation of the targets of the National Human Rights Strategy.