Egypt: Detainees

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th January 2020.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Egypt about the indefinite detention and access to medical care of (1) Essam El-Haddad, (2) Gehad El-Haddad, and (3) other prisoners held without charge or trial in Egypt; and what response they received.

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

​We regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Egyptian authorities, particularly around detentions and prison conditions. We continue to urge the authorities to ensure that all detainees are treated in accordance with relevant international human rights standards. For example, during Egypt's Universal Periodic Review in November 2019, we called upon the Egyptian Government ensure access to medical care and family visits in prisons and to release all those detained for exercising the right to freedom of expression. Our Ambassador in Cairo last raised the specific cases of Essam El Haddad and Gehad El Haddad at senior level in July 2019.

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