Egypt: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Egypt on the detention in that country of writers, opposition figures, lawyers, journalists and other civil society activists.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We continue to urge the Egyptian authorities to take action to release journalists and political detainees, review mass judicial decisions, and remove restrictions on civil society. We have raised our serious concerns about recent arrests on several occasions in both London and Cairo, most recently on 23 October. We will use the opportunity of Egypt's Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council on 13 November to urge the Egyptian Government to improve prison conditions and guarantee freedom of expression.

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