Physical health programs specifically programmed for emotional rehabilitation are an important factor in post-trauma adjustment for refugee children in Egypt. This thesis explores definitions of the Right to Leisure, which can serve as a catalyst for such post-trauma rehabilitation for refugee children. Adequate access to the right to leisure is obstructed, however due to State-wide economic weaknesses, the failed implementation and reservations to various international treaties, xenophobia and discrimination, and the vast privatization of recreation spaces. Nonetheless, Egypt has consented to sharing international responsibility to safeguard the right to leisure for refugee children per several international treaties: the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Refugee Convention. Egypt has also consented to similar rights expressed in the International Covenant of Economic and Social Rights and the African Charter. Considering Egypt’s economic incapacity, the State should act in good faith by vowing to not interfere with entities working to realize the right to leisure within the country. In fact, the Egyptian State must coordinate efforts with international organizations, universities and civil society to create access to the right to leisure within the country.


Law Department

Degree Name

MA in International Human Rights Law

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2013

First Advisor

Beckett, Jason

Committee Member 1

Terrell, Jennifer

Committee Member 2

Skouteris, Thomas


50 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Refugee children -- Egypt.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Children (Intertiol law)


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I would like to thank God above all things, for all blessings and challenges, great and small, that I have faced; for staying faithful to me during good and bad times. He “is my refuge and strength, a tested help in time of need, and so I need not fear, even if the world blows up or the mountains crumble into the sea (Psalm 46:1-2).” I would like to thank my parents and Cairo family (s) for their support, open hearts and good cooking. Filly, I would like to thank the Cairo refugee community and the students of Futures Elementary School in Oakland, CA. Thanks, for allowing me to share in your struggles, joys and culture, and inspiring me to write this thesis.