The Foreign Office has signed a joint declaration along with the countries of Canada, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands stating their concern at Egypt’s detention of a human rights lawyer.
Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy was detained in September 2017 in Cairo following his work in investigating enforced disappearances of numerous individuals. The Egyptian government has also been criticised for the conditions in prisons and have been asked to offer clarification on the current situation.
The statement reads:
“Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are deeply concerned at the ongoing detention of human rights lawyer Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, who was detained at Cairo airport on September 10th on his way to the UN Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances working group.
We are concerned at the detention conditions that Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy is reportedly enduring, and continue to call for transparency on prison conditions in Egypt. We call on the Egyptian authorities to ensure the freedom of civil society and the protection from torture that are enshrined in the Egyptian Constitution”.