HRM supports the UN Committee's decision to consider re-accreditation of the Egyptian National Human Rights Institution
The sub-committee on accreditation was called on to view the apparent incompliance of the Egyptian NHRI with international standards. In light of the developments in Egypt, and the lack of appropriate response of the NCHR to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country it was all the more essential to re-assess its compliance with the ratified principles and cases particularly the independence of the judiciary.
The committee confirmed in its report that it called for a reassessment of the NHCR in 2011 however the situation in the country had made evaluation difficult.
The committee had called on the NHCR in cooperation with the new parliament to conform to the mandate to review and accredit NHRIs in compliance with the Paris Principles
HRM considers the decision to re-accredit the institute a few years late as violations to the Paris Principles took place following the revolution with the lack of appropriate response of the NCHR to the deteriorating human rights situation HRM believes it was all the more essential to re-assess its compliance with principles. HRM believes the NCHR must respect human rights and not work only in support of the current regime justifying the security apparatus torture and extrajudicial killing in detention centres and oppressing of freedom.
The Paris Principles mandates a set of international standards that regulates the creation, composition, and work of these institutions regarding human rights including general recommendations.
The principles also calls on the state institutions to evaluate human rights issues and remain vigilant in speaking out on human rights issues in Egypt in a balanced, unbiased, objective and impartial way in order to demonstrate its independence and concern for the promotion and protection of human rights for all persons in Egypt. This includes issues related to spreading awareness regarding freedom.
The Paris principles also cover the state's institutions and the rights to view actions without permission from a higher authority. This allows any individual to collect evidence needed to evaluate any of its fields.
It also calls on any state institutions to publicize any decision and to organize routine meetings.
It is worth noting that NCHR since its establishment has produced several reports and reports have been issued allowing it has been biased and discriminate relying on reports by the state's security apparatus regarding human rights which are a breach to the Paris principle which stipulates the significance of impartiality and integrity.
On March 5th, 2014 HRM released a statement following the visit by the fact finding committee which investigated the Rabaa and Nahda massacres clarifying its stance to the fabricated reports by the NCHR.
According to the NCHR visit to the high security Tora Aqrab Prison in South Cairo HRM denounced the performance by the committee which violates the Paris Principles and considered it an accomplice by covering up of crimes against detainees which washed the authorities of any wrongdoing against prisoners.
HRM states according to international covenants human rights organizations must act independently away from state influence and affiliations swaying truths protecting the dignity and rights of civilians.
HRM calls for prison conditions in Egypt to improve in accordance to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. It calls for right organizations to be permitted to routinely evaluate prison conditions without prior notice and for authorities to provide suitable accommodations for women to be searched away from possible molestation. It also urges prison officials to allow detainees to have suitable exercise in the open air and sun and appropriate ventilation in cells allowing fresh air to protect detainees from diseases and suffocation.
HRM calls for the provision of appropriate health care allowing medication and equipment to enter and for family and lawyers to be given access to medical reports issued by the prison administration. It also urges that any necessary surgery needed for the detainees to be performed without the continued obstinance evident. It urges for guarantees that the laws be respected in the future and that detainees be given the right to visit hospitals for treatment after prosecution has issued permission along with routine checkups to avoid health deterioration. HRM also calls on officials to allow detainees to attend hearings without justifications and for lawyers to be given all documents regarding detainees' cases with permission for 60 minute visits as mandated in the prison's regulations. Furthermore it urges authorities to oversee the prison administration respects the laws and allow human rights organizations access to visit jails to examine and evaluate conditions.
HRM also calls for weekly visits to be reapplied as stipulated in the prison's regulations and to remove the glass which allows no privacy whatsoever between detainees and family and to allow all personal items belonging to detainees including, blankets, mattresses, food and medication entry and for children to visit detainees without visiting passes.
Lastly, HRM calls on the NCHR to oblige to the Paris Principles and to spread awareness regarding human rights violations and to work as a human rights organization and conduct investigations regarding complaints submitted by relatives and to remain impartial and unbiased work and to ensure a plurality of views on its activities.