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Egypt: UNDP report whitewashes human rights violations



Egypt: UNDP report whitewashes human rights violations

The Egyptian government routinely denies and distorts the truth about the current human rights crisis despite the scale and gravity of human rights violations

NEW YORK, United States of America, November 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Human Development Report for Egypt from September 2021 contains false and misleading claims, Amnesty International, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, said today. man and Human Rights Watch. Many of these allegations appear to be aimed at whitewashing serious violations of international human rights law committed by the Egyptian government and security forces.

In a joint letter to Achim Steiner, the UNDP administrator, on November 1, and shared with the office of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the three organizations detailed the report‘s false and misleading claims. No response has been received at the time of writing.

“The Egyptian government regularly denies and distorts the truth about the current human rights crisis despite the scale and gravity of human rights violations,” the three organizations said in the letter. “When a UN agency gives credibility to false claims by a government… it facilitates the repetition of similar violations and further encourages impunity.

UNDP should revise the 2021 Human Development Report in Egypt to ensure its content aligns with assessments by UN human rights experts and the UN framework for a development approach based on human rights, the groups said. Pending this review, the organizations urged UNDP to remove the report from all UN online portals and investigate the circumstances surrounding its writing and publication. The findings of this investigation should be made public.

The three organizations described how the account of the UNDP report contradicts the assessments and findings of other UN agencies, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the reports of national and non-governmental organizations. international human rights organizations over the past eight years. The whitewashing of the UNDP report seriously undermines the UN’s goal of pursuing a human rights-based approach to human development.

All three groups called on UNDP to meaningfully consult all relevant United Nations bodies and human rights mechanisms, as well as independent civil society before issuing such reports in the future.

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