A rainbow appears in the sky near a poster in support of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi along the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, Egypt, November 16, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Egypt has created a new high-powered human rights watchdog agency, but its primary mission isn't to protect Egyptians from violations. Instead, the body is foremost aimed at protecting the government from allegations of rights abuses and defending it on the international stage. The new body reflects an attitude of the state under President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi that sees criticism over human rights as intended to undermine the government and cause instability at a time when it is facing militant threats and trying to rebuild a battered economy.At the same time, the government has sought to redefine or broaden human rights, declaring new "rights" to fight terrorism and protect the state.One key role will be to deal with the U.N. Human Rights Council, which is to review the situation in Egypt in late 2019 .
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