Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Human trafficking in Sinai, in particular the case of Solomon W

Delivered in Plenary - 15th March 2012

Madam President

The current situation in Sinai is deplorable. Many asylum seekers are reported to lose their lives there each year, with still more being kidnapped and held hostage.

Others are arrested by the police and are then detained and denied the right to make an asylum claim. It is also reported that those that do not manage to pay the price for their release are killed and their organs traded.

We welcome the efforts of human rights organisations in Israel and Egypt in providing medical assistance to the victims of trafficking in Sinai, and we urge the governments of Egypt and Israel, as well as the rest of the international community, to intensify their efforts to combat the atrocious human smuggling and trafficking that seems to be taking place.

Of particular concern today is the case of Solomon W. and we urge the Egyptian authorities to intervene as quickly as possible to ensure his protection from the organ traffickers that are currently in pursuit of him, given the huge price that his pursuers have placed on his head and the fact that he knows the exact location of their prisoners and apparently has witnessed the atrocities committed against these prisoners.