GENEVA, 7th July. 2014 (WAM) -- The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue has welcomed an Egyptian delegation including Dr. Ahmed Abdel Halim, Political Strategic Expert and Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ihab Youssef, President of Risk Free Risk Management Consultancy and Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Nabil Zaki, Writer, Journalist, and Official Spokesperson of El-Tagammu Party, Ms. Dalia Youssef, Vice President of Risk Free Risk Management Consultancy and Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and Aziza Tanani, Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Geneva Centre, emphasised the need to stimulate discussion on the challenges ahead for combating religious and political extremism in the Arab world, saying, "We need the international community to gather all efforts in the direction of combating political extremism and terrorism in the Middle East, and to work together in order to eliminate incitement and intolerance, and to criminalise hatred speech. We need to undertake concrete measures to reform the education system and rehabilitate teachers, as well as to impede the use of mass media as a tool to convey hatred speech. Fighting terrorism is the responsibility of all."
The Egyptian delegation called for the support of the international community to improve the human rights situation in Egypt, and expressed its strong interest in engaging with international mechanisms. Particular emphasis was given to the role of NGOs as key participants in the promotion of a sustainable structural reform of the political system, as well as in the fight against terrorism in Egypt.