Shura Council approves in principle draft law on human rights council
Egypt, Politics, 6/9/2003
The Shura Council yesterday approved in principle a bill setting up National Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council will be affiliated to the Shura Council and it will be set up with the aim of strengthening and developing human rights and deepening values of human rights and spreading them. It will be an independent body and will have its headquarters in Cairo and may open branches and offices in the governorates.
The 20-member council will be set up by decree from the Shura Council and has a term of three years. It will set up six permanent committees and may set up more permanent committees by two-thirds majority of its members.
Minister of Justice Farouk Seif Al-Nasr said that the setting up of the National Human Rights Council will be affiliated to the Shura Council in accordance with the Constitution and hoped that the Council will play a major role in preserving public liberties as stipulated under the Constitution.
Speaker Kamal Hilmy lauded the atmosphere of freedom enjoyed by Egypt in all fields, particularly the press and the supremacy of rule of law, and referred to the setting up of the National Council for Women and the national Council of Motherhood and Childhood.
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