During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on torture, 1996
Egypt presented voluntary pledges to promote human rights in support of its candidature for membership of the Council for the period of 2007-2010 on 18 April 2007.
Internationally, Egypt committed to, inter alia: work to make the Council a strong, effective and efficient body; promote the role of the Council in offering technical assistance and capacity-building; support the work of OHCHR, including its new regional office in Cairo; promote the constructive role of NGOs and civil society in the work of the Council; continue to promote the realisation of the right to development; support regional and international processes that advance women’s rights and children’s rights; cooperate with and strengthen the Council’s mechanisms; work with other stakeholders for the reform of the Treaty Body system; provide objective and credible responses to communications from the human rights mechanisms; engage with the new UPR mechanism; ratify the CRPD and the CPED; and follow-up on the implementation of the human rights instruments to which Egypt is Party.
Regionally, Egypt pledged to: support pioneering mechanisms such as the African Peer Review Mechanism; support and cooperate with relevant human rights institutions and mechanisms within the African continent; contribute to the strengthening of the human rights processes and mechanisms of the Arab League; and remain committed to upgrading the human rights system of the OIC.
Domestically, Egypt pledged to: preserve the freedom of the press; strengthen the independence of the judiciary; promote human rights education; provide human rights training for law enforcement and other officials; strengthen national human rights bodies; integrate human rights into national development policies; strengthen national redress mechanisms and fight against impunity; strengthen the National Council on Human Rights; promote the social, economic and political empowerment of women; adopt legislative amendments in the area of pre-trial detention; and strengthen democracy through relevant constitutional amendments.
An analysis of steps taken by Egypt in fulfillment of its international pledges show that it has a strong record of participation in the work of the Council. It has participated in around half of all panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues. In terms of cooperation with Special Procedures, Egypt has facilitated around one-third of visit requests, and has responded to around 45% of communications. Regarding UPR, Egypt participated in its own review at ministerial level, and contributed to the reviews of 90 other states during the first cycle. But it has not presented a mid-term report on the implementation of recommendations. Egypt ratified the CRPD in 2008. It is yet to ratify the CPED.