Today, on the 5th anniversary of the 25 January revolution in Egypt, fourty four Civil Society Organizations call for renewed efforts to ensure the release of Egyptian political prisoners.

These organisations have jointly launched a call and sent a letter to EU representatives in Geneva in the framework of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights’ meeting.

CONCORD adds its voice to the hundreds of human rights activists that are struggling to defend and protect civil society space in the Middle East and North Africa region. Over the past five years, the Egyptian government has adopted measures that progressively narrow the space for civil society and independent trade unions to freely operate, thus undermining the national enabling environment needed to produce stable democracies, rule of law and social justice.

The international community – and the EU in particular – have a key role to play in pressuring the Egyptian authorities to uphold civil society space and enhance the enabling environment in Egypt. The organisations urge the EU member states to intervene with the Egyptian government and raise the case of Human rights defenders, political activists and journalists who have been imprisoned or are being investigated for their peaceful, legitimate activities as Egyptian citizens.

—> Read the joined call here