Mahmoud Abu Zeid

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th January 2018.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the release of the photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid known otherwise as Shawkan.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Egypt, John Casson, and other UK officials have raised Shawkan’s case with the Egyptian authorities on a number of occasions. It is no secret we want to see more political freedoms and better protection of human rights in Egypt, and the Foreign Secretary and I have consistently raised these concerns with our Egyptian counterparts. The UK also raised concerns about human rights in Egypt at the UN Human Rights Council, and our national statement in September 2017 specifically expressed concerns about media restrictions in Egypt.

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