Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee


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Topic A : Eliminating Violence towards Indigenous People

The issues of indigenous people is often be forgotten and undermined in the global arena, even sometimes in their land of origin. Nowadays, indigenous people face serious threats, such as marginalization, poverty, and others. 1/3 of the world’s extremely poor rural people are indigenous groups, causing them to have a shorter life expectancy, up to 20 years lower than their non-indigenous counterparts. One of problems that cause negligence of indigenous people that ends up with their terrible condition is the lack of socialization and emphasis about indigenous issues. This caused the absence of two-way communication among the indigenous groups and citizens. The lack of socialization and emphasis about indigenous issues also become a problem that lead to possibility of violation for indigenous groups in our territory.

As a home to indigenous groups such as the Nubians, the Bedouins, and the Berbers, Egypt realizes how important it is to protect the life of indigenous people and to uphold their rights. We sought to work on that by integrating suitable national plan and coordinating domestically, regionally, and internationally with other related bodies. Egypt guarantees equality as a basic human right for indigenous groups as stated on Article 40 of Egypt’s Constitution:

All citizens are equal before the law. They have equal rights and duties without discrimination between them due to race, ethnic origin, language, religion or creed.

To cope with the problems, Egypt always tries to appreciate and protect indigenous groups as they share our national history, social values, traditions, and characteristics and that is reflected in our national constitution. Appreciating and recognizing the presence of indigenous groups, Egypt also maintains and urges medium for indigenous groups to aspire and to communicate with government, controlled by related public authorities. Internationally, Egypt has showed our commitment by signing the ILO Convention 169, African Commissio...

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