Egypt: EU concerned about court decision against human rights organisations
January 12, 2017
The EU has expressed its concern about the decision taken by an Egyptian court to freeze the assets of two prominent human right organisations and their directors. This decision “continues a worrying trend of restricting space for civil society to operate in Egypt as seen by the recent multiplication of travel bans and asset freezes imposed on prominent human rights defenders and organizations,” a European External Action Service spokesperson said in a statement issued today.
The EU reiterates the importance of human rights defenders and civil society’s role in democratic and economic development as well as in helping to build political stability.
“In this regard, it is essential that human rights defenders and civil society are free to operate in a favourable environment and that all the guarantees stipulated in the Egyptian Constitution regarding freedom of expression and association are fully implemented and upheld,” concluded the statement.