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Use of COP27 to make direct representations to the Egyptian Government for Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s immediate release

EDM (Early Day Motion) 555: tabled on 08 November 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 28 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

This house condemns Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s ongoing imprisonment in Egypt; expresses serious concern at his treatment by Egyptian authorities and for his health and wellbeing; notes that he has been on hunger strike for over six months and has now begun a water strike; further notes that his imprisonment is part of a wider pattern of political arrests and disappearances and that he is one of as many as 60,000 political prisoners held in Egypt; also notes that Abd el-Fattah is a British citizen and therefore entitled to consular support from the British embassy; also notes with concern that the UK Government has yet to call publicly for his unconditional release; also notes that the total value of UK arms exports licensed to Egypt in the last three years was £24m and that this would provide significant leverage in talks to secure Abd el-Fattah’s release; and urges the Government to use COP27 to make direct representations to the Egyptian Government for Abd el-Fattah’s immediate release and to provide him with independent medical assistance.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.