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Written Question to the High Representative on the case of Mohamed Tareq in Egypt

On 1 September, Marietje Schaake submitted written questions to High Representative Catherine Ashton concerning the case of the arrest of Mohamed Tareq in Egypt. Please find a plain text version and the official document below. --- On 30 August, Egyptian authorities arrested Mohamed Tareq, who is a lecturer at Alexandria University. He was also one of the eyewitnesses cited in the Human Rights Watch report on the dispersal of the pro-Morsi demonstration at Rabaa al-Adiwiya last year. In this action by security forces, over 1,000 pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed. Tareq's account and the report as a whole, was highly critical of the way security forces acted. He has been taken into custody pending investigation. 1. Is the VP/HR aware of this case, and how does she assess it? Does the VP/HR see any grounds for the arrest? 2. What have the EEAS and the VP/HR done with regards to this and other cases related to human rights in Egypt, and how do they plan to address Egyptian authorities in the future? 3. How does the VP/HR plan to move ahead to address the serious problems in Egypt surrounding freedom of expression, freedom of demonstration and the space for Non-Governmental Organisations to do their work? [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/WQ_the_case_of_Mohamed_Tareq_in_Egypt.pdf[/embed]