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Egypt: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL362, tabled on 9 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt about human rights violations, and in particular arbitrary and unlawful killings and the disappearances of civilians, detentions without trial and arbitrary arrests of human rights lawyers, government pressure on the media and trades unions, and impunity for members of the army and police.

Answered on

17 June 2015

We raise our human rights concerns regularly with representatives of the Egyptian government. On 17 May the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), raised our concerns over the sentencing to death of over one hundred individuals, including former President Morsi, with the Egyptian Ambassador in London. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials have also discussed this case and other human rights concerns with representatives of the Egyptian government.

We continue to believe that stability and prosperity in Egypt is dependent on open and inclusive politics and on full respect for the rights contained in the Egyptian constitution. That is why in recent months FCO Ministers have asked the Egyptian authorities to take action to release journalists and political detainees who remain imprisoned, to review mass judicial decisions, and to remove restrictions on civil society.