Ezzat Ghoneim

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Egyptian counterparts on the disappearance of Ezzat Ghoneim, head of the independent Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.

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)

​We remain deeply concerned about allegations of enforced disappearance, torture and mistreatment in detention in Egypt. Ministers and officials continue to raise these issues with the Egyptian authorities in Cairo and London, including concerns over restrictions on freedom of expression. The Prime Minister and I have both raised the importance of protecting democratic space. I did this most recently last week during my visit to Egypt.

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