To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his Egyptian counterpart and (b) the Egyptian ambassador on the recent crackdown on reporters, the media and bloggers; and if he will make a statement.
Officials continue to raise concerns about restrictions on 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. Our Ambassador to Cairo raised our concerns about human rights and restrictions on media freedom with the Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights on 21 February. We also voiced our concerns in our recent statement at the UN Human Rights Council on 12 March.