CAIRO, 29th July, 2022 (WAM) — A delegation from the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), led by Maqsoud Kruse, President of the NHRI, participated in the 4th Regional High Level Conference on protection and promotion of human rights, which was held at the headquarters of the Arab League in Egypt, from July 25 to 26, under the theme “The impact of crises on human rights.. . The COVID-19 pandemic as a model”.
The conference, co-organized by the Arab League and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussed the effects and repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights in the Arab region and a roadmap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
It was attended by a high-ranking delegation from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and representatives from the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the High – Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees and ESCWA, as well as other United Nations agencies. , and Arab human rights and civil society actors, both nationally and regionally.
Maqsoud Kruse emphasized that the INDH’s participation in this international conference stems from its strong interest in continued positive interaction with various global and regional events, which enhance joint cooperation between institutions and entities concerned with human rights. and civil society, to unify global efforts to address societal challenges resulting from crises and emergencies, and explore practical solutions that ensure solidarity and tackle exploitation.
He explained that the conference showed the crucial role that civil society organizations play at local, regional and global levels, in order to educate citizens, support national efforts and highlight the importance of respecting the principles of human rights in the precautionary and preventive measures taken, and to contribute to establishing peace and security and enhancing stability and development in societies in accordance with national efforts and legislation.
Kruse praised the conference’s focus on specific themes for women and children, and on certain groups in society such as the elderly, people with disabilities and migrant workers.
The conference agenda included eight sessions, covering three main themes: the pandemic and efforts to address it, which was discussed in four sessions, dealing with efforts and challenges to address the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 – regional and national experiences; the impact of the pandemic on economic and social rights and development efforts; the role of national human rights institutions in promoting respect for human rights and combating the pandemic; and the role of civil society in promoting respect for human rights and combating the pandemic.
The second theme dealt with the rights of marginalized groups during the pandemic, in two sessions, addressing the impact of the pandemic on Arab women, and the impact of the pandemic on the social, economic, political and civil aspects of certain groups of society, while the last theme focused on the impact of the pandemic on political and civil rights, in two sessions, the first addressed the role of the press and social media during the pandemic, and the second explored the lessons learned from the pandemic and the global crisis. and regional community initiatives that have been launched to help all segments of society during the pandemic.