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8 February 2018 European Parliament resolution on executions in Egypt

On 8 February, the European Parliament expressed again its concerns over human rights situation in Egypt. In particular, it urged the Egyptian authorities to halt all planned executions, review all pending death sentences and that ensure fair trials standard are respected. During a plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted a resolution expressing “serious concern” at the mass trials being conducted by Egyptian courts and about restrictions on fundamental democratic rights. It strongly urged Egypt to respect the commitment made in the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities adopted on 25 July 2017 to promote democracy, fundamental freedoms and human rights, in line with its Constitution and International standards. On the case of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni, brutally murdered in Cairo two years ago, the European Parliament denounced “again, the absence of progress in the investigation into this brutal murder”. The European Parliament said it would continue to “urge European authorities to work with their Egyptian counterparts until the truth is established in this case and the culprits brought to justice”. The resolution also voiced a firm condemnation of the use of the death penalty in Egypt and “deep disquiet over collective trials”.