Delegation of the European Union to Haiti

EU Item 4 Statement on Egypt at the UNHRC 43rd Session

Geneva, 12/03/2020 - 08:59, UNIQUE ID: 200312_5
Statements on behalf of the EU

On behalf of the European Union (EU), Ambassador Mrs Vesna BATISTIĆ KOS, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia, delivered the EU Statement - Item 4 at the 43rd 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. A large number of Egyptians were detained following the 20 September 2019 protests. We call on Egypt to release all human rights defenders detained in the aftermath of the protest, including lawyers Mohammed El-Baqer and Amr Imam. 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 and long periods of pre-trial detention. 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 all 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 serious concerns on the increase in death sentences, and calls on Egypt to immediately suspend the issuance and implementation of the death penalty and address the issue of military trials of civilians, as well as the issue of mass trials.

Full text of EU Statement - Item 4 can be found here

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