Cairo – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Tueller hosted a graduation ceremony on Monday, August 17, 2009, for 26 Egyptian lawyers who received five months of training in legal sign language in Arabic. This training will allow the lawyers to better advocate on behalf of deaf Egyptians. This project was a collaborative effort of NAS (a non-governmental organization supporting the rights of disabled Egyptians), the National Council on Human Rights, the National Association for the Deaf, Helwan University, and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
NAS Chairman Dr. Ashraf Marie and Member of the Shura Council and NCHR Mr. Adel Qura delivered opening remarks. U.S. Chargé Tueller also congratulated the trainees, saying, “The program we celebrate today is one example of the many partnerships the U.S. Embassy has with civil society and universities across Egypt to expand opportunities for all citizens of Egypt to be active participants in their communities, regardless of any physical disability. As President Obama said in his historic speech in Cairo, ‘We have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world that we seek.’ This includes a world where the rights and dignity of all God’s children are respected. This is a mutual interest. But we can only achieve it together.”
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of certificates to the trainees.