Thank you Mr President, and thank you Minister for your presence today,
The United Kingdom welcomes Egypt’s steps to address violence against women, including adopting a national strategy for women’s empowerment. We also hope the NGO law will enable civil society organisations to operate more freely.
We remain particularly concerned by restrictions on human rights defenders and political activists, including arrests, travel bans and asset freezes.
We recommend that Egypt:
1) Release those detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression, including all journalists, activists and human rights defenders, and unblock news and social media websites.
2) Implement recommendations from UNCAT to ensure access to medical assistance and family visits in prisons.
3) Strengthen protection and support to victims of all forms of human trafficking, regardless of nationality.
Thank you Mr President.