17 February 2015
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Marietje Schaake (ALDE) , Jozo Radoš (ALDE) , Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE) , Nedzhmi Ali (ALDE) , Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL), Nessa Childers (S&D) , Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL) , Filiz Hyusmenova (ALDE) , Ramona Nicole Mănescu (PPE) , Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D) , Tonino Picula (S&D) , Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz (ALDE) , Hilde Vautmans (ALDE) , Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE) , Fernando Maura Barandiarán (ALDE) , Fredrick Federley (ALDE) , Alyn Smith (Verts/ALE) , Charles Tannock (ECR) , Marc Tarabella (S&D) , Miroslav Poche (S&D) , Josef Weidenholzer (S&D) , Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) , Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL) , Gesine Meissner (ALDE) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , Andrejs Mamikins (S&D) , Petri Sarvamaa (PPE) , Klaus Buchner (Verts/ALE) , Anne-Marie Mineur (GUE/NGL) , Helga Trüpel (Verts/ALE) , Robert Rochefort (ALDE) , Javier Nart (ALDE) , Margrete Auken (Verts/ALE) , Jiří Pospíšil (PPE) , Ricardo Serrão Santos (S&D) , Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) , Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL) , Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL) , José Inácio Faria (ALDE) , Igor Šoltes (Verts/ALE) , Marielle de Sarnez (ALDE) , Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE) , Pavel Telička (ALDE) , Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE) , Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE) , Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL) , Arne Lietz (S&D) , Ana Gomes (S&D) , Marian Harkin (ALDE) , Javier Couso Permuy (GUE/NGL) , Lorenzo Fontana (NI) , Barbara Lochbihler (Verts/ALE)
Subject: VP/HR — Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
On 4 February 2015, prominent activist Ahmed Douma was sentenced to life in prison, together with 229 other secular activists. All, except Ahmed Douma, were tried in absentia. The court also sentenced 39 minors in absentia, to 10 years in prison each. Ahmed Douma is already serving a three-year sentence for breaking a law on protests, together with Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel(1).
The ruling of 4 February can be appealed. It is the heaviest sentence imposed so far against secular activists who played a significant role in organising the 2011 protests calling for justice, freedom and opportunities, which ultimately forced then-President Mubarak to step down.
1. Is the VP/HR aware of the case of Ahmed Douma?
2. Does the VP/HR agree that these mass trials and excessive sentences violate human rights?
3. What has the VP/HR done to address the cases of these political prisoners?
(1) On 30.1.2015, Members of the European Parliament wrote a letter to the VP/HR about their cases.
Тази публикация е достъпна и на следните езици: Английски