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Written question regarding Azouli military prison in Egypt

Marietje
Please see below a written question by Marietje Schaake, addressed to High Representative Catherine Ashton, regarding Azouli military prison in Egypt. Please find the official document here. On 22 June, the Guardian Newspaper published a story regarding Egypt’s secret military Azouli prison, based on interviews with, lawyers, activists and ex-detainees of the prison and reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. [1] The prison is said to hold around 400 Egyptian political prisoners, without any judicial oversight. The detainees are apparently subjected to torture and have no access to any form of contact with the outside world, let alone legal counsel. This practice is said to have started in July 2013. The 400 detainees are amongst an estimated 16,000 political prisoners that have been arrested since the fall of Morsi in the summer of 2013. 1. Is the VP/HR aware of the reports from the Guardian, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch concerning Azouli military prison? 2. How does the VP/HR assess these reports? 3. Has the VP/HR or the EEAS been in contact with the Egyptian authorities regarding Azouli prison? 4. Has the VP/HR or the EEAS been in contact with the Egyptian authorities regarding the large n umber of political prisoners in Egypt? If so, how has the VP/HR or the EEAS addressed the issue? 5. How have the VP/HR and the EEAS addressed human rights violations in general, with the Egyptian authorities? 6. How do the VP/HR and the EEAS plan to address human rights violations in Egypt in the future?
[1]http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/22/disappeared-egyptians-torture-secret-military-prison