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Egypt announces human rights strategy to mixed reviews

While the Egyptian government says the historic initiative is a good faith effort to set a path forward, critics say the strategy is primarily designed to quiet international critics.
A picture taken during a guided tour organised by Egypt's State Information Service on Feb. 11, 2020, shows policemen standing guard in front of the Tora prison clinic on the southern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo.

After more than a year of consultations, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched Egypt's National Strategy for Human Rights on Sept. 11.

The Supreme Standing Committee for Human Rights, which was established by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in November 2018 and headed by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, was tasked with developing a new strategy for the development of Egypt’s human rights.

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