Tomorrow, the United Nations will see the Egyptian state being put in the spotlight in Geneva in a way that would make the most accomplished country in the field of human rights feel uncomfortable. Under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, Egypt, along with all U.N. Member States, will have their human rights record reviewed under the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) – and there will be many in Geneva who will have some rather harsh questions. It’s an opportunity for the Egyptian state – but few are holding out for the possibility that it will take it.
Tomorrow, more than a hundred states will individually raise legitimately tough questions about Egypt’s human rights record of the past four yearsH.A. Hellyer