This year, the United Nations was expected to hold an anti-torture conference that was scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt. However, human rights activists have accused the organization of attempting to cover-up the Egyptian government's record on torture, suggesting that the UN was trying to suppress their past history.
According to Human Rights Watch, there has been a drastic increase in disappearances and torture in the country, which they suggest amounts to crimes against humanity.
Following backlash from human rights activists in Egypt, a spokesperson for the United Nations confirmed that they had decided to now postpone the conference because of the "growing unease" that many had with the choice of location for the event.
The spokesperson also defended the decision to hold the event in Cairo, suggesting that it would be beneficial to hold this sort of conference in a region where torture might still be taking place.
This isn't the first time that the United Nations has faced backlash for their hypocrisy when it comes to overlooking guilty parties who inflict human rights abuses.