Senator Mark Daly to force a vote at Foreign Affairs committee to compel Government to seek release of a young Irish/Egyptian national held in Egyptian prison without trial

Senator Mark Daly will force the vote if the government does not support his motion at this weeks Foreign Affairs meeting calling for the Egyptian President to release Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish/Egyptian national, a juvenile of 17 at the time of his arrest. The motion also calls on the Egyptian government to respect its international obligations under The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Ibrahim Halawa two sisters will attend the Foreign Affairs committee meeting at 2.30 on Wednesday for the motion and to hear from a Human rights expert about the ongoing Crisis in Egypt.

‘Talk is cheap’ said Senator Daly ‘and visits by Irish officials to the prisons is activity masquerading as action, what this Irish citizen needs is government intervention and action.
Other countries have managed to get their citizens released after government intervention including Australia”

The governments lacks urgency, recently it has been the case that Foreign Defendants are eligible for deportation to their home countries why has our government failed to not pursue this route? Amnesty international report into the Halawa case has shown he is innocent of all charges and should be released ‘ said Senator Daly who is the Fianna Fail Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora

Senator Dalys motion reads as follows
That this committee calls on the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to release with immediate and unconditional effect Mr. Ibrahim HALAWA, an Egyptian/Irish national, a juvenile of 17
years at time of arrest, who has been held in detention in Cairo since August 17 2013. The motion also calls on the Egyptian government to respect its international obligations under The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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