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“One Year On, But No Justice For Giulio Regeni” – Says MEP Alex Mayer

An event marking the tragic anniversary of the murder of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni will be held on Wednesday 25th January at 2.50pm in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Alex Mayer MEP who is hosting the event along with her Italian colleague Pier Antonio Panzeri MEP will say that there are still too many unanswered questions and no guarantees for the safety of other academics studying abroad.

Giulio Regeni, an Italian Cambridge University PhD student, was abducted and tortured to death in Egypt on 25th January 2016 where he was conducting research into the country's independent trade unions.

Ms Mayer said: “People in Cambridge were deeply shocked by Giulio's brutal death. But this was a crime that resonated not only across Cambridgeshire, but also Italy and the whole of Europe. 

One year on we still don't know the full truth of what happened to Giulio. His family and friends deserve to know what happened.

Giulio's murder also raises wider questions about academic freedom. British researchers have long travelled the globe undertaking vital fieldwork in difficult locations where there are unstable governments or where authoritarian regimes are in power. Academics need protection for democracy to flourish."

The Labour MEP has written to the EU Foreign Affairs chief calling for a new strategy to assist academics studying in potentially dangerous countries.

She continued: "The British and Italian Governments must push more strongly for a full and independent investigation into Giulio's murder and the people responsible to be brought to justice. We need the truth and we need to send a message that academic freedom matters." 

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