Egypt executes 15 – Reprieve comment

December 26, 2017

Commenting on reports that Egypt has executed 15 people following a military trial, Maya Foa – Director of international human rights organisation Reprieve – said:

“These death sentences and executions are a flagrant breach of international law. Trials in Egypt routinely fail to meet basic fair trial standards, and this is especially so in mass trials and military tribunals – as in this case. Egypt has executed at least 55 people and sentenced thousands to death since Sisi took power – a massive increase on pre-2014 figures.

 

“The international community, particularly Egypt’s allies, must condemn these killings. The European Commission and member states must urgently review their assistance to Egypt’s judiciary, which is responsible for these atrocities.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: media@reprieve.org.uk.

2. A report about the mass execution can be seen here (Arabic).

3. Reprieve has previously raised concerns over international assistance to Egypt’s security and justice sectors. Reprieve’s research has revealed that European bodies have provided training and equipment for Egypt’s criminal justice system, as part of a €10m project sponsored by the European Commission; and that the UK government has allocated millions of pounds to support Egypt’s security sector, including in the area of juvenile detention