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67 European parliamentarians, calling for the immediate release of Alaa Abd el-Fattah

In Egypt /Road Map Program, Parliament & the European Union by CIHRS

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies welcomes the appeal issued this morning, Wednesday, 23 November, by 67 European parliamentarians, calling on European authorities and governments, including the French government, to intervene for the immediate release of activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, and to transport him on a European plane to a country of his choice upon his release, due to the deterioration of his health and the possibility of his re-arrest.

This call coincides with the European Parliament’s announcement to hold a plenary debate on Egypt this evening with Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign & Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission., to discuss the European Union’s foreign policy toward Egypt, especially in the context of its shameful human rights record. The discussion will be followed by an urgency resolution related to human rights in Egypt, which is scheduled to be issued tomorrow, Thursday, after a vote on it in the plenary session.

Read the full text of the appeal here

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