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Adams asks Kenny to raise Halawa case at European Council

19 June, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has again raised the case of Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish citizen in detention and on hunger strike in Egypt.

Mr Halawa’s family are increasingly worried about his physical safety and mental health and have expressed their concerns at what they believe to be the ineffectiveness of the Irish Government’s approach to securing his release.

In a letter to the Taoiseach, Mr Adams, who has already called on Mr Kenny to intervene in the case, asked that the Government raise the case at the level of the European Council.

Gerry Adams said:

"Ibrahim Halawa was a juvenile at the time of his arrest. After being shot and injured he did not receive medical treatment. This is in breach of international human rights obligations, to which Egypt is a signatory.

"Article 2 of the EuroMed Partnership Agreement states that all parties to the agreement will have: 'Respect for the democratic principles & fundamental human rights established by the Universal Declaration of Human rights, (of which Egypt is a signatory) which guides their international policy and constitutes an essential element of this agreement'.

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