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Egyptian council holds first ever meeting with human rights, civil society leaders

For the first time, Egypt’s state National Council for Human Rights met with independent human rights organizations, which have long been accused by the government of colluding with Western parties.
This picture taken during a government-guided tour shows police officers standing at the gate of Al-Qanatir women's prison, Qalyoubiya province, Egypt, Dec. 27, 2020.

CAIRO — The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), an Egyptian state-owned institution whose members are appointed by the president, held the first meeting of a series of talks March 11 with human rights civil society organizations to discuss the human rights situation in the country and examine the organizations’ demands for the coming period.

The meeting is the first with civil society organizations, which have long been accused by the current regime of colluding with foreign parties.

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