The European Union Delegation to Egypt

EU Item 4 Statement on Egypt at the UN Human Rights Council 42nd Session

Geneva, 24/09/2019 - 18:10, UNIQUE ID: 190924_9
Statements on behalf of the EU

On behalf of the European Union (EU), Ambassador Mrs Terhi Hakala, Permanent Representative of Finland, delivered the EU Statement - Item 4 at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held in Geneva.


The EU recognizes Egypt's key role for regional security and stability, managing migration and efforts to counter terrorism and recalls the need to tackle it in full respect of international human rights law. The EU recalls the importance of the respect of online and offline freedom of expression, media, peaceful assembly and association and the need to stop unduly restricting space for civil society, including through assets freezes, travel bans, long periods of pre-trial detention and a growing number of arrests especially since June. The new NGO law is a positive development. However, it is crucial that it is implemented in a way that guarantees civil society to work freely and ensures full respect for rights and freedoms stipulated in Egypt's constitution and under international law. The EU reiterates its call on Egypt to address alleged cases of enforced disappearance and to shed light on the circumstances of the death of Giulio Regeni and Eric Lang and bring about justice. The EU reiterates its concerns over the increase in death sentences, and calls on Egypt to suspend the issuance and implementation of the death penalty and address the issue of military trials of civilians.


Full text of EU Statement – Item 4 can be found here:

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