Egypt Reject International Inspection of Prisons To Prevent Torture, Other UPR Recommendations

Egypt submitted its conclusions about the 300 recommendations it received during the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) proceedings in November 2014. The government of Egypt provided the Human Rights Council with its responses in an addendum which the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner made available through the document referenced (A/HRC/28/16/Add.1) and dated 2 March 2015 (In Arabic only).

On Friday, 20 March 2015, the Human Rights Council held a session to adopt Egypt report to as part of the latest UPR review. The conclusions show that Egypt accepted 243 recommendations and rejected 24 recommendations (including one recommendation it referred to as “inaccurate”). The remaining number of 33 recommendations are those that Egypt marked as “noticed” or “accepted partially”.

Below is a full list of recommendations rejected by Egypt, noting that the categories below represent the format in which the official Egypt delegation response presented them (please refer to UN official document A/HRC/28/16/Add.1).

A. Join Universal Human Rights Treaties and Remove Reservations

  1. 2 Consider ratifying the Second Optional Protocol to ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty (Rwanda)
  2. 3 Ratify ICCPR – OP2 and abolish the death penalty (Portugal)
  3. 4 Ratify ICCPR – OP2 (Sierra Leone); (Chile)
  4. 5 Consider ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OP –CAT) (Gabon)
  5. 6 Ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC (Chile) (Estonia) (Slovenia); (Tunisia); (Uruguay)
  6. 7 Ratify the OP -CAT; (Chile); (Czech Republic); (Sierra Leone); (Switzerland); (Togo); (Tunisia);
  7. 8 Ratify the Optional Protocol to CAT (Austria);
  8. 9 Withdraw its reservations to CAT (arts.21 and 22) and ratify OP-CAT without reservations (Portugal);

*Editor Note: Optional Protocol of CAT (Convention Against Torture) stipulates establish a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, see CAT Optional Protocol.

B. Regarding Legislative and Institutional Framework

  1. 101 Consider establishing a formal moratorium on executions of persons sentenced to death (Argentina);
  2. 102 Consider the introduction of a moratorium on the application of the death penalty (Romania);
  3. 103 Take the necessary measures to establish a moratorium on executions (Spain);
  4. 104 Impose an immediate moratorium on all death sentences (Turkey); Establish a moratorium on the application of the death penalty with a view to its abolition (Togo); Establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in view of its abolition (France); Announce a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its eventual abolition. Pending abolition, its application should be limited (Germany); Reinstate a moratorium on executions with a view of abolishing the death penalty (Hungary);
  5. 105 Establish a moratorium on the death penalty (Australia);
  6. 106 Establish a moratorium on the death penalty (Luxembourg);
  7. 107 Establish a moratorium on executions (Italy);
  8. 108 Establish an official moratorium on executions with the view to abolishing the death penalty (Switzerland);
  9. 109 Declare a moratorium on the death penalty until its complete abolition (Uruguay);
  10. 110 Issue an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty, particularly in instances of mass trials (Montenegro);
  11. 111 Commute the sentences of persons sentenced to death and establish a moratorium on executions (Portugal)
  12. 116 Establish a mechanism making mandatory independent visits to all places where persons may be deprived of their liberty, including all military or national security facilities (Switzerland);
  13. 128 Grant immediate release and enforceable right to compensation to remedy the arbitrary detention of Israeli citizen, Mr.Ouda Tarabin, imprisoned for over 14years (Israel);

C. Women Rights, Child Rights, Disabled Rights and other groups rights

None rejected

D. Cooperation with Universal Human Rights Mechanisms

None rejected

E. Promote Human Rights Cultural and Education

None rejected

F. Due Process and Transitional Justice

  1. 186 Urgently review the Presidential decree expanding the role of military courts with a view to ensuring fair trial guarantees and limiting the jurisdiction of military courts (Austria);

[Inaccurate]

  1. 192 Ensure thorough, independent and impartial investigations into the mass killings in Raba’a Square in 2013 and make the perpetrators accountable

G. Combat Human Trafficking and Illegal Immigration

None rejected

H. Civil and Political Rights

24. 226 Repeal or amend without delay the Assembly Law of November 2013, with a view to guarantee the right to free assembly and freedom of expression (Turkey);

I. Economical, Social and Cultural Rights

None rejected

J. Fight Against Terrorism

None rejected

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