Within the framework of constructive and continuous cooperation between the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and Parliament in its two chambers, the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, headed by Representative Tarek Radwan, held a meeting on developing legislation as a top priority and a necessary measure for the enforcement of human rights, with the participation of the leaders of NCHR and heads of committees.
Ambassador Moushira Khattab, NCHR President, stressed the importance of periodic review of legislation in general to ensure its compatibility with the immediate reality of Egypt, and announced that NCHR is in the process of issuing the annual report, which includes a full chapter on legislation and the tangible role that Parliament plays in this regard, as well as the promising results of President El-Sisi's plight for the national dialogue and the launching of its first sessions and those related to the axis of human rights and the consequences of the decision to reactivate the Presidential Pardon Committee (PPC).
The NCHR President appreciated the cooperation and coordination with the Parliament Committee and PPC, which represents valuable support for NCHR to play its role.
In the same context, Khattab said that among the priorities that the Egyptian state committed to, according to the law establishing NCHR, is seeking its opinion on draft laws related to its field of work, as well as its competence in developing a national action plan to promote, protect and implement human rights in Egypt, proposing means of achieving this plan to the concerned authorities and following up on its implementation.
For his part, Ambassador Mahmoud Karem, NCHR Vice-President, stressed the importance of what the national human rights institutions play with the legislative bodies by presenting the necessary recommendations and proposals on legislation, pointing to the number of upcoming stations, which are important stations and must be well prepared for.
The secretaries of the sub-committees of NCHR presented the work activities of their committees and expressed observations and recommendations related to each committee.
At the end of the meeting, Ambassador Moushira Khattab and Representative Tarek Radwan stressed the importance of continuous cooperation between the two councils, and also called for holding a separate meeting with the NCHR Legislative Committee, in order to talk in detail about its activities and benefit from its experiences and come up with recommendations that will be considered when enacting or amending legislation in line with the objectives of the Egyptian state in advancing human rights in Egypt.