Egypt: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th November 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 his Egyptian counterpart on the support and protection of human right defenders in that country.

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

​During my visit to Cairo on 16 September, I met a group of prominent human rights defenders. I underlined to them the UK's enduring support for human rights around the world. My officials and I continue to raise human rights concerns in our contacts with the Egyptian authorities. As set out in my responses to previous questions (3559 and 3560) tabled by the Honourable Member for Leeds North East, we have urged the Egyptian authorities to release journalists and political detainees. We have also pressed the Egyptians to review mass judicial decisions, remove restrictions on civil society, and improve access to justice.

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