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Thursday, 24 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Egypt
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  Neena Gill (S&D). – Mr President, I rise once again to speak about human rights in Egypt.

El-Sisi promised stability, security and economic prosperity to the people of Egypt. He delivered none of this, but a crackdown on political opponents, media and civil society. Now Trump may be willing to turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses in Egypt, but we are not.

According to Amnesty International, 4 300 people, including women and minors, have been arrested since the start of the protests in September. It is outrageous. So I call for an immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners, in particular Ramy Shaabh and Mohamed Masry. My question, though, to the Commissioner: what answers do you have? Many colleagues have referred to the case of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge University student from Italy, who went missing in Cairo whilst undertaking research for his PhD. Ten days later, his body was found with evidence of the most severe torture.

Almost four years on, we have no answers from el-Sisi and the Egyptian Government. So what are you doing to review the billions of euros we send to Egypt through the European Neighbourhood Instrument, and what is the Commission proposing to cut back in order to get some answers from Egypt?

 
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