Boylan welcomes European Parliament vote on Human rights abuses in Egypt
The European Parliament today voted in favour of a motion condemning the use of the death penalty in Egypt.
Reacting to the vote in Strasbourg, Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan MEP, said:
“The Parliaments' vote today ensures that human rights abuses in Egypt are kept high on the European agenda.
“In 2015 the Parliament voted in favour of a motion highlighting the case of Ibrahim Halawa, which helped to further highlight his case throughout the EU and put pressure on the Egyptian authorities.
“It’s important that all politicians condemn the use of the death penalty and military courts in Egypt.
"Next month Ibrahim Halawa will be speaking at an event highlighting human rights abuses in Egypt, this will be an opportunity for Ibrahim to address MEPs who voted in favour of the reservation about his time in jail - while also highlighting the ongoing human rights abuses in Egypt.
“Multiple NGOs have highlighted the worrying increase in the use of the death penalty in Egypt, where 26 people have been executed since December.
"The recent increase in executions alongside the lack of press freedom and the use of military trials.”