MEP Marietje Schaake responds to court order Egypt
Yesterday an Egyptian court decided to freeze the assets of five human rights activists and three ngo’s. The court order paves the way for prosecution, with sentences up to life imprisonment. One of the human rights activists is Hossam Baghat, an investigative journalist and the founder of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the most important human rights organisation in the country.
Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66) responds: “The court order is appalling but unfortunately does not come as a surprise. The police and the judiciary are not independent under the regime of president Sisi. The case was politically motivated from the start with state authorities targeting the most prominent human rights activists. I’m very concerned about the large-scale campaign that the Sisi government conducts, detaining journalists, activists and political opponents.”
Schaake: “An independent judiciary, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are necessary if Egypt wants to be a credible partner for the EU and the international community. It is high time that the EU consistently pushes for these necessary reforms."