I invited Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters, family and friends to the Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on the 1st July 2015 to listen to what Amnesty International had to say on the case of Ibrahim.
I listed out the conditions Ibrahim has been subjected to which clearly constitute as torture and asked why Amnesty has not stated that Ibrahim has been tortured. Amnesty outlined that there is very specific criteria under law to legally constitute conditions and circumstances as torture, therefore, Amnesty continued to refuse to say that Ibrahim has been tortured.
According to the reprieve, his lawyers are yet to receive any formal confirmation on the amended charges that may see the release of Ibrahim in August. This is important to the writ of habeas corpus for the release of Ibrahim and we must ask the Egyptian Government to apply Article 143 of their code of criminal procedure.
Amnesty says the fundamental issue remains the Egyptian government. They do not respect international human rights law, the rules and processes that must be adhered to and do not even respect their own Egyptian laws.
The Foreign Affairs Committee has made a request to the Egyptian ambassador to visit Ibrahim in prison and Amnesty also encourages other Cairo embassies to visit him and support his release. Amnesty encourages Ireland to continue to exert every possible pressure to secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa. The EU and member states should also continue to advocate on his behalf.
Watch the discussion here: