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Sunday, 17 November 2019

Last night’s talks shows on Sunday, 17 November 2019

A familiar mix of stories made an appearance on the airwaves last night: Our review at the UN Human Rights Council, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations, and President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s trip to Germany were among the topics that kept the nation’s talking heads chattering well into the evening.

UNHRC adopts 372 recommendations for Egypt after periodic review: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted 372 recommendations presented by member states during Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review, which took place in Geneva last week. A total of 136 handed their recommendations, of which 39 criticized the government’s human rights run and 97 “expressed appreciation” for Egypt’s efforts and called for more proactive action. Ahram Online reported at the weekend that 14 countries asked Egypt to abolish the death penalty, others wanted the government to go further to lifting restrictions on the country’s NGO sector, and a number raised concerns about the treatment of the LGBTQ community. Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim covered the story (watch, runtime: 3:14).

The human rights situation is improving in Egypt, Ibrahim claimed, because some recommendations overlapped. The Egyptian delegation didn’t express any early objections during the meeting on the recommendations, and said that authorities will take time to review them and respond before 22 February.

GERD talks get some airtime: The irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia held the first round of talks in Addis Ababa to negotiate the timetable for filling and operating the GERD, Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal reports (watch, runtime: 1:44). We have the full story in Diplomacy + Foreign Trade, below.

El Sisi in Berlin: Both Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary and Hona Al Asema’s Ibrahim took note of El Sisi’s planned visit today to Berlin for the G20 Compact with Afridca conference (watch, runtime: 1:40) and (runtime: 2:47).

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