Parliamentary Questions on the case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt

Marietje
Marietje Schaake, together with 52 other Members of the European Parliament, submitted parliamentary questions to Vice-President/High Representative Mogherini, on the case of Ahmed Douma and 229 other activists, who were sentenced to life in prison on February 4th. Please find the full text below. WQ-2015-02-10-Ahmed Douma
Subject: The case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt On 4 February 2015, prominent activist Ahmed Douma was sentenced to life in prison, together with 229 other secular activists. All, except Ahmed Douma, were tried in absentia. The court also sentenced in absentia 39 juveniles to ten years in prison each. Ahmed Douma is already serving a three year sentence for breaking a law regulating protests, together with Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel.* The ruling of 4 February can be appealed. It is the heaviest sentence yet against secular activists who were important in organizing the protests in 2011 that called for justice, freedom and opportunities and that ultimately forced then President Mubarak to step down. 1. Is the HR/VP aware of the case of Ahmed Douma? 2. Does the HR/VP agree that these mass trials and excessive sentences violate human rights? 3. What has the HR/VP done to address the cases of these political prisoners? * On 30 January 2015, Members of the European Parliament wrote a letter to the VP/HR addressing their case. Marietje Schaake (ALDE) Jozo Rados (ALDE) Ilhan Kyuchuk (ALDE) Petr Jezek (ALDE) Nedzhmi Ali (ALDE) Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL) Nessa Childers (S&D) Lynn Boylan (S&D) Filiz Hyusmenova (ALDE) Ramona Manescu (EPP) Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D) Tonino Picula (S&D) Maite Pagazaurtundua (ALDE) Hilde Vautmans (ALDE) Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE) Fernando Maura Barandiaran (ALDE) Fredrick Federley (ALDE) Alyn Smith (Greens/EFA) Charles Tannock (ECR) Marc Tarabella (S&D) Miroslav Poche (S&D) Josef Weidenholzer (S&D) Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) Paloma Lopez Bermejo (GUE/NGL) Gesine Meissner (ALDE) Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) Andrejs Mamikins Petri Sarvamaa (EPP) Klaus Buchner (Greens/EFA) Anne-Marie Mineur (GUE/NGL) Helga Trupel (ALDE) Robert Rochefort (ALDE) Javier Nart (ALDE) Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA) Jiri Pospisil (EPP) Ricardo Serrao SantosĀ (S&D) Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) Angela Vallina de la Noval (GUE/NGL) Katerina Konecna (GUE/NGL) Jose Inacio Faria (ALDE) Igor Soltes (Greens/EFA) Marielle de Sarnez (ALDE) Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE) Pavel Telicka (ALDE) Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE) Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA) Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL) Arne Lietz (S&D) Ana Gomes (S&D) Marian Harkin (ALDE) Javier Couso (GUE/NGL) Lorenzo Fontana (NI) Barbara Lochbihler (Greens/EFA)