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Boylan welcomes passing of resolution calling for release of Ibrahim Halawa

17 December, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the passing of a motion calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa in the European Parliament today.

Speaking after the vote, Ms Boylan said

"I am absolutely delighted that this motion was passed today, with an overwhelming majority of 566 votes in favour of his release. It was also a pleasure to have Somaia and Omaima Halawa, Ibrahim's sisters, in the chamber when this vote was passed, to witness the support for their brother. 

"I would like to thank my Sinn Féin colleagues, the other Irish MEPs and the cross party backing, to ensure Ibrahim's case was brought to the plenary session.

The Dublin MEP continued,

"The motion calls on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ibrahim to the Irish authorities under a Presidential Decree that was issued in November 2014.

"It also reminds the Egyptian authorities that Egypt is bound by undisputable international obligations under the convention on the Rights of the Child as Ibrahim was arrested as a 17 year old boy.

"Ibrahim is currently on hungerstrike and his condition is deteriorating rapidly and therefore, I am appealing to the Egyptian Government to take action and return him to Ireland as a matter of urgency.

"Surely it is now time for the Irish Dáil to put aside political differences and come together and pass a similar cross party motion calling for Ibrahim's immediate release?" ENDS

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