Press review based on Rose al-Yūsuf, February 12, 2010 (pp. 1, 5); al-Jumhūrīyah, February 12, 2010 (p. 1); al-Akhbār, February 12, 2010 (pp. 1, 7)
Dr. Mufīd Shihāb, the State Minster for Legal Affairs and Legislative Councils declared that Egypt is not accused by the International Council for Human Rights, and that the discussion of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights in Geneva will be “in the frame of the mechanism of comprehensive periodical revision of human rights in the world and regarding Egypt’s respect to the international accords and resolutions it has signed.”
Al-Jumhūrīyah of February 12, 2010published Dr. Shihāb’s declarations that Egypt was keen to respect human rights and that it was ready with all the documents needed to show the facts.
Rose al-Yūsusf of the same day reported on Shihāb’s statements that the International Council for Human Rights does not have the right to interfere in the issue of choosing the presidential nominees. Shihāb has also reportedly stated that if they would ask him about the persecution of Copts, he will not answer, adding that Coptic expatriates aim to tarnish Egypt’s image.