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Thursday, 24 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Egypt
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  Petras Auštrevičius, author. – Mr President, Commissioner, colleagues, recent events in Egypt have shown how little space for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly is left in the country. We witness the disproportionate use of force against protesters, unlawful behaviour against human rights defenders and restrictions on the activities of civil society organisations.

What worries me most is that Egypt’s leadership is increasingly using the fight against terrorism as an internal policy instrument to stop public criticism and to silence its political opponents. Dialogue between the country’s leadership and society is possible only if the former meets citizens’ expectations and embarks on reforms in the different sectors so needed in Egypt.

From the EU side, we must increase our attention along with financial support for Egypt’s human rights defenders and civil society organisations.

 
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