CAIRO – Egypt slammed on Thursday the remarks made by the United Nations’ special rapporteur on adequate housing regarding the human rights situation after her trip to the Arab country.
Following her visit to Cairo between Sept. 24, and Oct. 3, Leilani Farha condemned alleged human rights violations as well as the Egyptian government’s intimidation and reprisals against people whom she had interviewed.
The Egyptian foreign ministry claimed in a statement released to the press that Farha wanted to “tell lies and unfounded claims” related to the state of housing policies in Egypt.
“I am shocked that after my mission a number of families from two communities I visited have suffered forced eviction contrary to international human rights law,” Farha said in a statement to the UN’s Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.
“Several multi-storey houses have been demolished, furniture was thrown into the street, and residents have been made homeless,” Farha added.
Egypt condemned the fact that Farha’s UN report did not mention the Egyptian government’s 600,000-unit social housing project, half of which has already been completed “in record time,” according to the foreign ministry’s statement.