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Parliamentary questions
14 June 2018
P-002573/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

The High Representative/Vice-President (HR/VP) is aware of Amal Fathy's case. The EU has expressed concerns to the Egyptian authorities regarding her arrest and detention, which is not in line with Egypt's national and international commitments to promote Freedom of expression.

Democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms are part of the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities(1) that were adopted during the EU-Egypt Association Council in July 2017; they are crucial for achieving sustainable stability, especially in the context of the challenges that Egypt is facing.

On that basis, the HR/VP and the European External Action Service regularly discuss the situation of human rights with their Egyptian counterparts, insisting on the need to improve the situation in the country and to open the space for civil society and for Freedom of expression, association and assembly, as guaranteed by the 2014 Constitution and in line with Egypt's international obligations. This was notably discussed during the Subcommittee of Political Matters, Human Rights and Democracy, International and Regional issues that was held in Cairo in January 2018. The EU also continues to address these issues in multilateral fora, such as the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

(1)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/07/25-eu-egypt-adopt-partnership-priorities/

Last updated: 14 June 2018Legal notice