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Parliamentary questions
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18 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Miguel Urbán Crespo
 Subject: Egyptian human rights defender detained

The Egyptian authorities escalated their crackdown on peaceful dissent in 2019, including against Egyptian-Palestian human rights defender (HRD) Ramy Shaath. He was taken from his home on 5 July 2019 and was charged  with assisting a terrorist group after he spoke publicly on a foreign policy issue – the ‘deal of the century’ promoted by the Trump administration – and criticised Egyptian support for it.

He was arrested as part of the Coalition of Hope criminal case – which groups together HRDs, peaceful dissidents, journalists and academics accused of ‘similar’ crimes, such as Zyad el-Elaimy, Hossam Moaness, Hisham Fouad and Hassan Barbary – after planning for a coalition of peaceful opposition parties to run in the legislative elections expected to take place in Egypt in 2020. The Coalition of Hope detainees are being repressed for exercising their right to participate in public affairs.

What has the EU done so far to urge the Egyptian authorities to release Mr Shaath, Mr el-Elaimy, Mr Moaness, Mr Fouad, Mr Barbary and others?

Will the EU Delegation to Egypt observe all of their detention renewal hearings?

What will the EU do to obtain their release, in accordance with its HRD guidelines, Egypt’s binding international human rights commitments and its bilateral commitment with the EU to promote ‘democracy, fundamental freedoms and human rights’ (Partnership Priorities)?

Original language of question: ES
Last updated: 16 January 2020Legal notice