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Egypt appeared before the UN Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review, which is the UN’s peer-to-peer review of human rights in every UN member state. Each country appears before the UPR every four years and other UN member states have the opportunity to make statements. The UK issued a statement delivered by Ambassador Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative to the UN and International Organisations in Geneva, which can be found here.
Commenting on the UK statement, British Ambassador to Egypt, John Casson, said:
The United Kingdom supports a stable, prosperous, and democratic Egypt. Human rights are integral to this vision because no country can enjoy long-term stability, prosperity, and democracy without protecting the fundamental rights of its people.
The UK welcomes President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s commitment at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2014, to build a state that respects rights and freedoms, including the rule of law and the freedom of expression for all. The UK supports the important personal and civil freedoms in the constitution endorsed by the Egyptian people this year.
The UK encourages the Egyptian government to implement these fundamental rights and freedoms in full. As part of that process, we welcome Egypt’s engagement in the UPR review process in the Human Rights Council and urge Egypt to engage constructively with the important issues raised in the UK statement today.