Egypt: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many human rights activists his Department estimates are currently in detention in Egypt; and what representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart on this issue.

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 are aware of reports of the detention of large numbers of human rights activists in Egypt, although there are no reliable statistics. Egypt is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country and the UK regularly raises concerns about human rights with the Egyptian Government, both in public and in private. On 18 September we issued a statement at the UN Human Rights Council in which we raised specific concerns about the arrests of activists. Our Ambassador to Cairo also raised our human rights concerns with the Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights on 21 February.

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