Local weather activists and civil society have been subjected to intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the course of the two-week gathering, held within the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh, they reported.
Finish harassment, guarantee security
“We’re deeply involved by reported acts of harassment and intimidation by Egyptian officers, infringing the rights of Egyptian and non-Egyptian human rights and environmental defenders at COP27, together with their rights to freedom of peaceable meeting, expression, and efficient participation,” their assertion mentioned.
They urged Egypt to finish all harassment and intimidation, and to make sure the security and full participation of human rights defenders and civil society.
The 4 consultants are all Particular Rapporteurs appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.
They monitor and report on points such because the state of affairs of rights defenders worldwide, and the appropriate of everybody to a protected, clear and wholesome surroundings.
Interrogation and surveillance
COP27 was because of finish on Friday however is nearly actually set to proceed into the weekend.
Final month, the consultants issued a press launch elevating considerations forward of the convention and calling for full and protected participation of civil society and human rights defenders with out reprisals.
Nevertheless, they mentioned they’ve obtained a number of stories and proof of civil society members, together with indigenous peoples, being stopped and interrogated by Egyptian safety officers.
Native safety and assist employees have been additionally repeatedly monitoring and photographing civil society actors contained in the convention.
Widespread ‘chilling impact’
One human rights defender scheduled to attend COP27 was additionally denied entry to the nation, they reported.
“We’re involved that these actions by Egyptian authorities have a chilling impact, impacting extensive segments of civil society collaborating in COP27 as many teams have expressed concern about the necessity to self-censor to make sure their security and safety,” the consultants mentioned.
Considerations after COP27
The consultants obtained stories of activists being topic to intrusive questioning on the airport when getting into Egypt, sparking fears that data collected on the actions of civil society organisations throughout COP27 may very well be misused.
In addition they expressed concern that when the highlight shifts from Egypt when the convention ends, native human rights defenders may very well be focused and threat reprisals for his or her engagement in the course of the occasion.
“We name on Egypt to instantly finish harassment and intimidation, to make sure the rights to participation, freedom of expression and of peaceable meeting at COP27, and abstain from reprisals in opposition to civil society, human rights defenders and indigenous individuals’s representatives who attended COP27,” they mentioned.
The consultants are participating with the Egyptian Authorities and the UN local weather change secretariat, UNFCCC, on this problem.
About Particular Rapporteurs
The assertion was issued by Mary Lawlor, Particular Rapporteur on the state of affairs of human rights defenders; Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Particular Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceable meeting and of affiliation; Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Particular Rapporteur on the promotion and safety of human rights whereas countering terrorism, and David Boyd, Particular Rapporteur on human rights and the surroundings.
They obtain their mandates from the UN Human Rights Council, which is predicated in Geneva.
These consultants are impartial of any authorities or group, and work on a voluntary foundation.
They’re neither UN employees, nor are they paid for the work.