Egypt: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with his Egyptian counterpart on the effect of the introduction of laws on the (a) Protest Law and (b) Assembly Law on human rights in that country.

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)

Egypt is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country and the UK regularly raises concerns about human rights with the Egyptian Government. We are concerned by the increasing restrictions on civil society. The Foreign Secretary issued a statement (available on gov.uk) in response to President Sisi's ratification of the restrictive Non-Government Organisation Law in May 2017. The Foreign Secretary also raised human rights concerns with President Sisi during his visit to Cairo in February of that year. This included emphasising the importance of a free and open society. We will continue to monitor the human rights situation in Egypt, and to urge the Government to ensure the full observance of the rights and freedoms contained in the Egyptian Constitution.

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