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Egypt (Martial Law)

Volume 159: debated on Friday 15 December 1922

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( by Private Notice)

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the repeated statements that martial law in Egypt is used for the purpose of suppressing the legitimate expression of political views, and whether there is any foundation for such statements?

In no case has any person in Egypt been interned or exiled on account of his political opinions. Recourse has only been had to martial law where solemn warnings to abstain from language or action calculated to provoke disorder and bloodshed were disregarded. There is little doubt that the outrages which have occurred in Egypt during the present year have been due to agitation of this nature.