March 2017 – Dear High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
On 14 January 2016, we wrote to you with regard to the case of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa who has been detained in an Egyptian prison without trial since his arbitrary arrest as a juvenile during a protest in Cairo in August 2013.
We feel compelled to write to you again, as Ibrahim’s trial date was postponed for the twentieth time on Wednesday and Ibrahim has now been in detention without trial more than 1300 days. Worryingly, Ibrahim is currently on hunger strike and his health is quickly deteriorating.
Amnesty International has conducted an independent review of the case and have concluded that Ibrahim was arrested solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of assembly and expression. Ibrahim’s innocence has been further vindicated by Egypt’s own legal system which, following a technical review of audio-video material presented in the case, found no evidence against him.
Considering this, the urgency of Ibrahim´s health situation and the fact that he has been held without trial for such an unacceptably long time, breaching both Egyptian law as well as international human rights, I urge you to put increased pressure on the relevant Egyptian authorities to demand his immediate release.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Nessa Childers continues to work closely with fellow Irish MEPs to secure Ibrihim Halawa’s release.
- In 2015 Irish MEPs met Ibrahim’s family members and his legal team at an information event in the European Parliament organised by Lynn Boylan MEP. Then in December of that year Parliament voted in support of a human rights urgency resolution calling for his release, the motion was proposed by all the Irish MEPs.
- Earlier that year Irish MEPs co-signed a Declaration of Support for Ibrahim Halawa (initiated by Lynn Boylan MEP); and then co-signed a letter to the current EU High Representative Mogherini to raise this issue again.
- Furthermore, in 2014 MEPs contacted the Egyptian Ambassador, and wrote to Catherine Ashton the then EU High Representative to intervene on his behalf