Dr. Muhammad Othman Elkhosht, President of Cairo University, and Ambassador Moushira Khattab, President of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), signed a joint cooperation protocol to promote the culture of human rights within the university community through the design and implementation of a joint activities plan that includes educational seminars and workshops to educate students about human rights, their importance, and civilized ways of expression and practice.
The signing of the cooperation protocol was attended by Dr. Anas Jaafar, former governor of Beni Suef, member of NCHR and Chairman of the Legislative Committee of NCHR, Dr. Muhammad Sami Abdel Sadiq, Vice President of the University for Community Affairs and Environmental Development, Dr. Gamal El Shazly, Vice President of the University for Education and Student Affairs, and Dr. Muhammad Al Attar, Vice President of the University for Postgraduate Studies and Research Affairs, Eng. Ahmed Turk, Secretary General of the University, representatives of the Cairo University Student Union, headed by the student Abdullah Armesh, President of the University Students Union, and a number of representatives of NCHR.
The cooperation protocol aims to contribute to the implementation of the National Strategy for Human Rights, the most important of which is educating university youth about human rights, preparing and implementing joint programs aimed at building and qualifying new cadres of university graduates who are qualified and believe in a culture of promoting and respecting human rights and working towards achieving them, preparing specialists in this field, and exchanging experts and specialists from among the members of NCHR and academics at the university to carry out the relevant activities listed by the two parties, and to adopt and implement a program of visits for experts and members of the two parties and field study visits for university students.
Dr. Muhammad Al-Khasht stressed the importance of the comprehensive concept of human rights, which was confirmed by the National Human Rights Strategy launched by the President of the Republic, which is no longer limited to the right to freedom of expression only, but also includes the right to health care, the right to education, freedom of scientific research, and the right to a decent life, social welfare, the right to decent housing, and the right to creativity as part of human rights.
Dr. Muhammad Al-Khasht also stressed that the human rights strategy is of great importance and is closely linked to the development strategy of the Egyptian state in various aspects, stressing the need to exercise all freedoms within the scope of the security and stability of the homeland and not to promote rumors and psychological warfare aimed at destroying states and their institutions, referring to Cairo University is one of the important platforms in implementing and activating the national strategy for human rights.
For her part, Ambassador Mushira Khattab explained that human rights are a way of life and thought that need someone to study and understand them well and not look at them superficially, pointing out that Egypt is now going through a milestone and seeks to join the modern democracy that achieves prosperity and development for its citizens, and human rights in it have become an agenda. Patriotism was launched by the political leadership, stressing that the state is responsible for fulfilling the rights of its citizens, which represents the path to modernity and development.
Ambassador Moushira Khattab, President of NCHR, praised the President of Cairo University, Dr. Muhammad El-Khasht, for being an enlightened thinker who calls for progress, civilization and humanity, and for his distinction in leading and presiding over Cairo University, which led to the university’s unprecedented progress in international rankings and its entry into the top 100 most prestigious universities in the world. In a number of scientific disciplines, they take into account modernity and various environmental and social dimensions.
The President of NCHR pointed out the importance of the agreement in raising youth awareness within the university of human rights, stressing that young people are the most important group in achieving the desired shift in the human rights strategy because they represent the majority of the countrymen.
For his part, Dr. Anas Jaafar, the former governor of Beni Suef and head of the Legislative Committee of NCHR, praised the prestigious position that Cairo University has achieved in recent years under the leadership of Dr. Muhammad Al-Khasht, stressing that the cooperation protocol between Cairo University and NCHR represents the beginning of spreading the culture of rights among University students to develop their national spirit.
Dr. Anas Jaafar said that Egypt was one of the first countries to contribute to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, pointing out that freedom is relative and must be within the scope of the privacy of each society, its culture, traditions and customs, and therefore human rights, on the other hand, have obligations and duties that must be observed.
For his part, Abdullah Armesh, head of Cairo University Student Union, said that the Student Union plays a major role in cooperation with the university administration in spreading and raising awareness of the comprehensive concept of student rights and stating rights next to duties, stressing the importance of following civilized methods in claiming human rights and rejecting chaos and deviating from the rules of civilization, and the need to continue to raise awareness.