Parties praise Min. of Foreign Affairs’ summoning of 27 ambassadors
Abdel Ghaffar Shokr, deputy head of the NCHR - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Several politicians applauded Friday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summoning of the ambassadors of 27 countries that signed a cross-regional statement on Egypt’s human rights conditions during the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The ministry said in a Thursday statement that the cross-regional statement contained “many fallacies” and that the ambassadors were informed of Egypt’s “rejection of any attempts to interfere in its internal affairs.”

Mohamed al-Oraby, head of the Conference Party and former minister of foreign affairs, said some of the summoned ambassadors had presented misinformed reports on human rights in Egypt to their counties, Youm7 reported.

Magdy Morsehd, Oraby’s deputy, told Youm7 the ministry should have reacted instantly once the statement was released on March 7 because Egypt should “never allow foreign countries to interfere in its internal affairs.”

Youm7 quoted the head of the Popular Alliance Party Abdel Ghaffar Shukr, a member of the National Council of Human Rights, as saying countries that criticize human rights conditions in Egypt should convey the “entire picture” and the “two faces of the truth,” citing the violence Egypt is witnessing.

“It is the duty of the Egyptian government and civil organizations to clarify any false images of Egypt and discuss them with the representatives of foreign countries,” Shukr added.

Hossam al-Kholy, a board member of Wafd Party, said the summoning served as a “warning” to all countries that “decide to smear Egypt.”

“Countries that claim Egypt is violating human rights in its war against terrorism should explain to the world their own handling of protests in their own countries,” Kholy told Youm7.

Kholy speculated that some countries would refuse the recommendations of their meetings with the ministry.

The joint statement of the U.N. countries, which include the U.S., the U.K., Germany and France, condemned terrorism in Sinai and elsewhere, but also said “security forces have a duty to respect the right to peaceful assembly and should operate in line with the State’s international human rights obligations and commitments relevant to the use of force, even when faced with persistent security challenges.”

Additional reporting by Riham al-Masry, Mostafa Abdel Tawab and Ahmed Arafa.

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