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Egypt and the case of Ramy el Sayed

Written Question

Yesterday, Marietje Schaake submitted the following question to High Representative Mogherini. The written question was also co-signed by Petras Austrevicius, Pavel Telicka, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Judith Sargentini, Antonio Marinho e Pinto, Ana Gomes, Lars Adaktusson, Nathalie Griesbeck, Matthijs van Miltenburg, Frederick Federley, Hans-Olaf Henkel, Barbara Lochbihler, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Sophie in 't Veld, Hannu Takkula, Ivan Stefanec and Alyn Smith.

On September 1st 2014, Ramy el Sayed, a member of the April 6th movement, was arrested for attending the remembrance service of Ahmed El-Masry, who died after having been shot by Egyptian police services in August 2013. Mr el Sayed was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison. On October 8th 2016, a retrial reduced this sentence to 10 years.

Mr el Sayed has been transferred from the Torah to the El Minya prison where, following from his own testimony, he has been beaten, tortured, insulted and suffered other degrading treatment. While lawyers are currently attempting to bring a case against the El Minya prison administration and individual prison wardens, these attempts are likely to remain without effect.

1. Is the HR/VP aware of the case of Ramy el Sayed and if so, what specific action has she undertaken on his case?

2. Has the HR/VP discussed the case of Mr el Sayed, along with those of the thousands of other human rights defenders facing human rights abuses in Egyptian prisons and detention facilities, with Egyptian authorities on her latest visit to Egypt on December 20th 2016?

3. Why does the HR/VP not condemn the continuing human rights violations by Egyptian authorities in the strongest possible terms, instead repeatedly stressing the EU and Egypt's common fight against terrorism?