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Egypt: Torture

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Egypt on the use of torture. (204361)

The Government are concerned about the use of torture by Egyptian authorities and the wider human rights situation in Egypt. I raised human rights issues directly with the visiting Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament on 21 January 2008.

In addition, on 11 March, officials from our embassy in Cairo met the Egyptian Deputy Minister for Human Rights to express our concerns over Egyptian conduct across a range of human rights areas.

We also look forward to having an active discussion with Egypt on these issues at the forthcoming EU-Egypt political sub-committee, established under the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan.