European MEPs call for Alaa Abdel Fattah release, slam Egypt's 'repression' of activists, journalists
MEPs called for the release of jailed British Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and other civilians who have been "detained arbitrarily" and criticised the crackdown on free speech at the Sharm El-Sheikh event documented by activists.
The summit, which was held from 6-18 November, attracted considerable condemnation of Cairo’s repression of government critics, activists, journalists, and non-governmental organisations, as many activists slammed the event as "greenwashing".
WATCH: Shocked by #COP27, MEPS have openly condemned #Egypt's oppression of civil society & called for the immediate release of Alaa in @Europarl_EN. #FreeAlaa #FreeThemAll @jcoetjen @karmel80 @javilopezEU @SeanKellyMEP @wallacemick @ClareDalyMEP @RenewEurope #FreeAlaa pic.twitter.com/gch6mImCtq— Free Alaa (@FreedomForAlaa) November 28, 2022
"There is a shrinking space for civil society which was there in Sharm el-Sheikh. People were intimidated, harassed... We… were harassed at the entrance where we are only making the claim that political prisoners should be freed," Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout said.
"The testimony of activists in Egypt is really quite frightening… we must call and add our call to the call of this parliament for Alaa Abdel Fattah to be released and freed from his illegal detention," Irish MEP Clare Daly stated.
"Attending the COP last week in Egypt, we heard testimony about Sisi’s brutal crackdown on activists and journalists who live in constant fear for their lives… the harassment even extended to attendees of the climate summit," another Irish MEP Mike Wallace said.
A European parliament resolution was issued Wednesday condemning "the Egyptian authorities’ censorship, harassment and intimidation of representatives of Egypt’s civil society… on international UN premises."
The resolution also urged "the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release British-Egyptian human rights defender and peaceful activist Alaa Abdel Fattah" who has been in prison for much of the last nine years.
Egyptian authorities have slammed the EU statement as "biased" and inaccurate.
"The resolution was built on a package of inaccuracies and false allegations that have nothing to do with reality and reflect only a biased and subjective view of the reality of the situation in Egypt," read an Egyptian parliamentary statement issued on Sunday.