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Chamber of Tourism Establishments Issues a Statement Allowing Burkinis into Hotel Pools

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The Chamber of Tourism Establishments has issued an official statement allowing women to wear Burkinis and warning beach clubs and hotels along Egypt’s Red Sea coast of practicing any kind of discrimination, as long as these women are wearing the approved swimsuit material.

Head of the Chamber of Red Sea Hotel Facilities, Ali al-Halawany said that canceling the decision in the first place is a step that shouldn’t have been taken; clarifying that hotels are to allow or ban Burkini based on the season of tourism and the type of tourists that they receive.

“All hotels must note that they can’t bar someone from swimming in a Burkini,” said Head of Hotels and Hospitality Authority, Abdel Fatah El Assy, to Masrawy. “They can only do so if guests are trying to swim in regular clothes, which can carry and transmit bacteria and diseases.”

The argument of the hotels is that they fear diseases that Burkinis, those who aren’t made of the same material as the ordinary swimsuits, may cause seeing that the suit can hide any wounds or diseases.

The argument was of course found by many women as discriminating and unreasonable, especially that now many pools and beach clubs are banning Burkinis in what they find as an offensive way.

 

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Egypt Chosen to Lead the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions

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Mohamed Fayek, president of the National Council for Human Rights, declared yesterday that Egypt has officially been chosen as the president of the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) is a non profitable regional umbrella organization that brings together 44 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Africa. It was funded back in 2007 and is registered under Kenyan laws as an independent legal entity.

The announcement was made during Fayek’s speech in the twelfth periodic conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions.

The conference that saw the participation of 44 African countries, all of whom are members of the commission, in addition to representatives of regional, local and international human rights bodies in Egypt.

Fayek also highlighted that this conference is the first event to be organized in Cairo, and that the theme chosen for the conference stresses on the ‘Global Compact for Migration.’

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions aims at achieving human right endeavors in all of the African countries, with principles that are in line with Paris’.

 

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Lebanese Protesters Form A Peaceful Human Chain Across the Country

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Thousands of Lebanese protesters have formed a human chain that extended from the south all the way to the north of the country, in an impressive attempt of symbolizing national unity.

People of Lebanon joined hands from Tripoli to Tyre, making a 170 KM human chain, that passes through the capital, Beirut. This marks a historic moment where Lebanese people unit together, hand in hand, despite their ethnic, religious, or social differences.

Those who joined the chain began in the early afternoon of Sunday and by 4 PM, the chain has been completed with the participation of 170,000 protesters.

Even with such a massive chain, protesters made sure they didn’t cut through any of the major roads in Lebanon to avoid disturbing the rest of citizens, the chain was formed along the main coastal highway of Lebanon but it was certainly an organized and peaceful form of protest.

 

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Egypt’s largest Metro Station in The Middle East Inaugurated

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Heliopolis metro station, Egypt’s largest station in the Middle East, has been inaugurated this morning and is ready to receive commuters.

The station is built on a space of 10,000 square metre which makes it the biggest station in the Middle East region, according to the transportation ministry

The construction of the station has began back in 2015 and the station will connect to Cairo International Airport and Al-Salam city.

The new metro station will help reduce around two million commutes above ground, which in return will reduce the traffic congestion. Also, citizens will save the cost of more expensive mean of transportation.

Another point worth mentioning is that the station will include automated machines to purchase tickets directly, in addition to a digital signage system to guide passengers.

 

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