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  • Tuesday ,04 October 2011

Rights groups meet intelligence chief

By-Mai Shams El-Din and Sarah El Sirgany-Daily News Egypt

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Tuesday ,04 October 2011

Rights groups meet intelligence chief

CAIRO: Three Egyptian rights organizations met with Egypt’s Intelligence Chief Mourad Mowafi Wednesday to discuss the deterioration in Egypt’s human rights record and how to confront it.

The meeting was attended by Head of the Cairo Center for Human Rights Studies Bahy El-Din Hassan, Director of the Egyptian Center for Social and Economic Rights Khalid Ali, founder of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center Ahmed Seif Al-Islam and other human rights advocates.
In the meeting, Mowafi explained the regional and international conditions Egypt is contending with.
After a discussion with the rights activists, he promised to convey their demands and to the head of the ruling military council Field Marshal Hussein Tantawy.
Some of the demands, according to a statement released by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), were related to guarantees for political freedoms and human rights, while others included urgent socioeconomic rights.
"The rights organizations stressed the need to an urgent and detailed timeline to transfer authority to an elected, civilian body, lifting the emergency law and ending military trials for civilians," the statement said.
"The activists also called for swift amendments to the law regulating the establishment of labor unions and syndicates, modifying the labor law to further guarantee better conditions for workers, and setting a fair minimum and maximum wage," the statement said.