An altercation between the Ambassador, Alaa Youssef and the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing

The report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing in Egypt irritated Ambassador Alaa Youssef during his intervention in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to housing. Hence, the dialogue came on the sidelines of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Ambassador strongly condemned the Rapporteur’s reliance on politicized sources as well as the cooperation with biased and non-professional media platforms.

Therefore, the report was inaccurate in its content, ignoring Egypt’s efforts to protect the right to housing. He also stressed that the report did not reflect the full reality in Egypt. As, the report ignored the severe effects that Egypt is suffering from as a result of financed terrorism with the purpose of confusing the political and social life in Egypt.

At the end of his speech, the ambassador expressed his total rejection of accusing Egypt of violating the right of individuals to express their opinion.

The Special Rapporteur’s response to the right to adequate housing was fully contested and rejected for her alleged violation of the Code of Ethics and the denial of justice. Furthermore, she stated that prior to her visit, she relied on official documents, UPR reports and other UN reports, and subsequently interviewed some people in Egypt, but she did not disclose the identities of the interviewees.

Which makes the task of the Egyptian government more difficult as indicated that its decision is known for its cooperation with the media and it made statements to a number of popular media channels.

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