CAIRO: Egypt has requested that the United Nations investigate a “forged” official document attributed to Egypt discussing the human rights situation in the country, Al-Shorouq newspaper reported Thursday.
According to Al-Shorouq, the document is a fake copy of Egypt’s national report on its human rights status during the past four years, which was discussed by member states at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva Wednesday.
The Foreign Ministry has suggested that the Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for the false report, which was reportedly distributed to U.N. member states and other stakeholders in Geneva.
The first two pages of the false national report document were published by Al-Shorouq and Youm7; the headers and formatting look very similar to official United Nations documents. In content, however, it differs by listing the author as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party.
Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Farouq said that it is “possible” that the United Nations Commission on Human Rights that receives all reports from stakeholders “could have noticed the fake reports by the Brotherhood covered under international human rights organizations, as the commission does not deal with political bodies.”
The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the legitimacy of the current regime since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
“There were members of Brotherhood attending the UPR session and trying to convert the event into a political rather than focusing on the scope of human rights,” added Farouq.
Local Egyptian media coverage of the UPR session has been positive, with a number of pundits saying that Egypt had “passed its exam,” focusing on a number states expressed understanding to the country’s critical security situation.
The alleged fake document provides an analysis of Egypt’s human rights record, and referred to Morsi as “forcibly removed from office in an unlawful coup d’ etat on July 3, 2013.”
Most of the available excerpts of the document focus on the Muslim Brotherhood, its role and wide support in Egypt, and described the group as a “key element in the January 25 Revolution.”
The Egyptian State Information Service said that there were two fake documents: the aforementioned made to resemble a United Nations document, and another resembling a publication of the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Aside from the announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there have been no reports confirming the validity of the published fake documents.
The United Nations in Geneva did not respond to requests for comment.