Human Rights abuses in Egypt escalating by the day - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has just returned from Cairo where she was accompanied by another MEP on a fact-finding mission. The mission focused on human rights abuses taking place in Egypt.
Speaking from Paris, on her way to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Lynn Boylan commented on her visit:
"I visited Cairo over the last few days and met with activists and relatives of those suffering human rights abuses. They described in detail the human rights abuses taking place there and those we met highlighted how frightened they are for their own welfare as so many people are now being arrested in Egypt on a daily basis.
"It was made clear to me that what is happening in Egypt, in terms of human rights abuses, has escalated dramatically since my last visit there in August of last year. We were informed that the current level of human rights abuses taking place has never been seen before - even under previous governments. There are over 40,000 political prisoners in Egypt with new prisons currently being constructed and since my last visit approximately 544 people have "disappeared". Those are astounding and frightening statistics.
"It is my intention as an MEP to highlight the deteriorating situation in Egypt and to bring this information to my colleagues in the European Parliament and to the member states of the EU. The EU must take a much more proactive role in pressurising Egypt to desist from human rights abuses."