Egypt: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claim by Human Rights Watch that 60,000 people, including Mostafa el-Naggar, are currently being held in prison on political grounds in Egypt; and whether they have made representations to the government of Egypt about that issue.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​We are aware of recent reports regarding Mostafa Al-Naggar and are tracking his case. We remain deeply concerned about allegations of enforced disappearance in Egypt. Officials continue to raise these issues and concerns about freedom of expression with the Egyptian authorities both in London and in Cairo. Egypt is a human rights priority country for the UK and the UK wants to see more political progress and better protection of human rights for all Egyptians, as set out in Egypt's Constitution. The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa raised concerns over freedom of expression with the Egyptian Foreign Minister during his visit to Cairo on 14 October.

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