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Statement on death sentences in Egypt
Cairo, 24.06.2014 - Switzerland is deeply concerned about the passing of heavy sentences in recent court verdicts.
Switzerland is deeply concerned about the heavy jail sentences pronounced by a Criminal Court in Cairo against three journalists and 11 other defendants – who were tried in absentia – as well as about the confirmation by the Criminal Court of Minya of the death penalty against 183 persons convicted in an earlier mass trial.
Switzerland urges the Egyptian judicial authorities to protect the freedom of the press as well as the freedom of expression and assembly which are necessary ingredients for Egypt’s transition to democracy. Switzerland moreover urges Egypt to comply with due process standards and the right to a fair trial, in line with its international obligations.
While condemning violent acts of any kind and recognizing that the judicial procedures in both cases has not ended, Switzerland calls on the Egyptian authorities to grant due process in the review procedure, to refrain from executing death sentences and to impose a moratorium on the death penalty as a step towards full abolition.
For Switzerland, the death penalty is not applicable under any circumstances, not even in the case of most serious crimes. Switzerland supports the universal abolition of the death penalty.
Egypt is facing radical political change. The situation remains uncertain, particularly in the big cities.
Follow the media to inform you about the actual situation in the country and to follow the instructions of the authorities. Keep in contact with your tour operator. Keep away from large gatherings and demonstrations and remain cautious.
For assistance Swiss citizens can contact the Embassy under: +20 2 2575 8284.
Message to our consular clients
The safety of our clients and staff is our highest priority. Due to disruptions caused by the current security environment, consular services may experience unusual delays. This situation may affect processing times for visa applications and Swiss Citizen Services. Changes of opening hours as well as to appointment schedules may occur on very short notice. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we strive to provide efficient service while prioritizing your safety.
The Embassy is closely monitoring developments and will update this page if necessary.