Koenders voices concern at growing human rights repression in Egypt

Foreign minister Bert Koenders is concerned about the worsening human rights situation in Egypt. Freedom of expression, association and assembly in particular are constantly under threat. Examples of the growing repression include the recent decision to reopen an investigation of prominent human rights defenders and independent NGOs, the imposition of travel bans, possible freezes on the bank accounts of Egyptian activists and their family members, and decisions to shut down civil society organisations.

‘Respect for human rights and guaranteed free spaces for civil society are essential preconditions for lasting stability,’ said Mr Koenders, ‘and vaccines against extremism and terrorism.’ The minister therefore encourages Egypt to work with its country’s NGOs to promote respect for human rights and to safeguard the fundamental freedoms enshrined in its constitution.