Post-Revolution Egyptians' Perception of Selected Human Rights

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

Abstract
Human rights are often the focus of heated debates the world over. Discussions surrounding human rights have been increasing in Egypt especially during the January 2011 Egyptian Revolution onwards. This research set out to investigate the post-Revolution Egyptians’ perception of selected human rights. The main research instrument is an online questionnaire that resulted in a return rate of 277 responses of Egyptians living permanently in Egypt. Respondents were asked to rank ten selected human rights from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 according to their relative importance. Informants were also asked to rate their satisfaction with the application of the ten human rights in Egypt. Freedom and equality ranked as the most important human right among Egyptians in this study. The right to leisure ranked the least important. Subgroups such as Muslims and Christians showed some differences in their ranking of some rights such as the right to equality between men and women in marriage. The right to education was most supported by Muslim females. The universality of human rights is still questioned as some rights such as the equality in marriage contradict some religious teachings. Egyptians in this study are most dissatisfied with the lack of an adequate standard of living, and the current conditions guaranteeing the protection against torture. The Government is, therefore, advised to keep focusing on economy and security as the way forward. This research shows that the promotion of certain human rights needs to be accompanied by a deep understanding of the cultural values of the society where these rights are to be enhanced.
Date of Award7 Nov 2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bedfordshire
SupervisorTricia Smart (Supervisor)

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