British Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah has stopped consuming water while being jailed as he steps up for a hunger strike,as his sister has said.
The 40-year-old Alaa abdel Fattah has minimized his consumption of food and water since 200 days. He has been consuming just 100 calories a day for more than 200 days. He is a human rights activist as well as an Egyptian-British blogger and software developer. He was one of the leading voices of campaigns during the January 25th, 2011 revolution.
After he started his hunger strike, his family is now in fear for the safety of his life.He has been arrested multiple times while protesting.As per the reports, he was arrested in Egypt for organising political protests without getting any authorisation.He was released on bail, then again rearrested and got a 5 year sentence in jail. He was convicted for “spreading fake news”, he recently started his “hunger strike” in 2022.
Secretary General of Amnesty International Agnes Callamard said that there is only 72 hours left for Egypt to save the life of jailed Alaa Abdel Fattah.
He has a uk citizenship which he obtained through his mother.
The climate summit hosted by Egypt known as COP27,the conference is being held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Ms. Callamard said that she will attend COP27 to push for the actions on human rights issues related to climate change, including loss and damage or reparations from richer countries to vulnerable nations suffering from climate change.
Sanna Seif,the sister of Alaa Abdel Fattah who is also a activist has warned about his brother’s hunger and water strike that it could lead him to death. She urged the British government to be responsible for getting them the proof of life.Ms. Seif,who’s also a human rights activist, has been protesting outside the Foreign Office in London along with her family members for the release of her brother.
Mr Rishi Sunak,PM of british people, promised the family of Alaa Abdel Fattah that he would raise his imprisonment with the egyptian government.
He said that the case of the activist is a priority for the British government both as British national and human rights defender.
Ahdaf Soueif,the aunt of Abdel Fattah said that perhaps the summit could be his only chance to be released from prison.She even urged the prime minister to secure Mr.Fattah’s release.
“It means we really only have a few days,” she said. “None of us have any reason to believe that the regime will ever let him go.”
She is saying that even though the UK government has the power to release him, they are hesitating.
He has been in prison for a whole nine years and was sentenced to a further five years in 2021 on charges of “broadcasting false news”.
He received British citizenship through his London-born mother.
As per the Human rights groups, there are 60,000 Egyptian political prisoners just like Alaa Abdel Fattah.They have accused the government in Cairo of trying to “greenwash” its repressive reputation through its hosting of the climate summit.
But the Egyptian government has insisted there are no political prisoners in the country.
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