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Parliamentary questions
20 December 2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Debora Serracchiani (S&D)

 Subject: Situation of refugees in Sinai

The news report on 17 November 2011 in the Italian weekly magazine L'Espresso, with its horrific photos, in addition to reports in other newspapers and magazines, continue to tell the tragic story of the many Eritrean migrants fleeing from the regime of Isaias Afewerki. They are forced to undergo all kinds of harassment and are very often killed to supply organ traffickers. This is the fate that awaits many Somalis, Sudanese and Ethiopians, who, if they are unable to cross the border, are captured by bands of marauders in the Sinai or tortured in Egyptian prisons. There are no humanitarian organisations in these areas, nor is there any office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

In response to Written Question E‑001278/2011, the Commission stated that under the ‘Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity’ with the Southern Mediterranean, stronger relations would be developed with the countries that were willing to embark on democratic reform and deliver concrete progress. It also said that the Commission itself and the High Representative were reviewing the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Is the Commission aware of the violent abuse and the rapes to which these people are being subjected?

What forms of direct pressure does it intend to exert in order to put an end to this violence and protect fundamental rights, including freedom of belief?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 285 E, 21/09/2012
Last updated: 3 January 2012Legal notice