Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, will be marking the three year anniversary of Giulio Regeni’s disappearance in Egypt by attending a city vigil in memory of the murdered student. Mr Zeichner also raised Giulio’s case in Parliament yesterday, when he asked the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, for a debate in on the matter to ask the Government what has done to put pressure on the Egyptian authorities to find out the truth about what happened to Giulio three years ago. This is one of several actions Mr Zeichner has taken recently to raise the profile of Giulio’s case.
Daniel Zeichner said: “Three years ago, University of Cambridge PhD researcher Giulio Regeni went missing in Cairo, whilst undertaking academic research. Just over a week later, his body was found on the outskirts of the city, showing signs of torture. His murder sparked international outrage and threw into question basic principles of human rights and academic freedom.”
“Giulio’s death was nothing less than an obscene and heinous crime and those responsible must be held accountable. Today, I am calling on the Government again to assure me that they are exerting pressure on the Egyptian authorities to find out the truth about what happened to Giulio.”
Mr Zeichner has released a letter sent to the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to request an update on what the Government has been doing to find out what happened to Giulio, and to get assurances that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is doing all they can to seek justice.
Giulio Regeni was a University of Cambridge PhD student who had travelled to Egypt to undertake research on the trade union movement in Cairo. On the evening of January 25th 2016, Giulio went missing. Nine days later, on the 3rd February 2016, Giulio’s body was found on the outskirts of Cairo with signs that severe torture had been inflicted on him.
Daniel Zeichner has long supported the “Truth for Giulio Regeni” campaign that Amnesty International spearheaded shortly after his body was discovered. Tonight Mr Zeichner will join others from the University of Cambridge and the city for a vigil to commemorate Giulio’s disappearance. A moment of silence will take place at 6:41pm to mark the last communication Giulio had before his disappearance.
Investigations by the Italian authorities continue, however it is still not clear why Giulio Regeni was tortured and murdered, or who committed this. Evidence suggests that the Egyptian authorities were responsible for the murder.