COP27: stopped drinking, who is Alaa Abdel Fattah, this prisoner on hunger strike for 220 days?

Cop27 takes place in Egypt, where Alaa Abdel Fattah, a British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist, has been imprisoned since 2021. He went on a thirst strike at the launch of the State Climate Conference. His hours are numbered.

It’s a name that regularly comes up when Cop27, launched this Sunday, November 6, in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, is mentioned. Alaa Abdel Fattah, 40, one of the country’s most notorious prisoners, announced that he had stopped drinking at the launch of the conference, despite having been on a hunger strike for more than 200 days.

He rose to fame during the 2011 winter revolution in Egypt and was sentenced in December 2021 to five years in prison for spreading false news. He did not have the opportunity to appeal. Since then, he has continued to question and denounce his imprisonment as well as his conditions of detention. he started a hunger strike 220 days ago to denounce his imprisonment and his conditions of detention.

“I will drink my last glass of water”

In 2005, with his Manalaa blog, he won a Reporters Without Borders award. His commitment pushes him to denounce the military regimes of Mubarak and Al-Sissi and also opposes the Muslim Brotherhood party. Arrested several times, Amnesty International reports that Alaa Abdel Fattah was tortured by prison guards in 2019.

In the context of Cop27, Alaa Abdel Fattah a fait savoir à sa famille qu’il arrêterait de consommer du honey, du thé et du lait le 1er novembre et qu’il prévoyait de ne plus boire d’eau from dimanche 6 november.

My brother just had his last glass of water in prison. Please keep his story alive, it’s not over. He can be saved.
This afternoon I will fly to Sharm, I have a civil society pass. The Egyptian regime claims that there is a civic space in #COP27 I’m going to be testing that.#FreeAlaa

—Sanaa (@sana2) November 6, 2022

“I consider that the turning on of the lights around 10 in the morning is the signal of a new day,” he wrote in the last letter sent to his family. “With the lights on on Sunday, November 6, I will drink my last glass of water… all that follows is the unknown,” he said as reported by Reuters. This announcement has a wide reaction, while many countries that represent democracy participate in this COP.

Emmanuel Macron asked the Egyptian president on Monday, November 7, for the release of the political prisoner, as did the British prime minister, who was arrested by the prisoner’s family. “I will continue to stress to President (Abdel Fattah al) Sisi the importance we attach to the early resolution of Alaa’s (Abdel Fattah) case and an end to his unacceptable treatment,” Rishi Sunak wrote in a letter to the latter’s sister. quoted by Reuter.

For her part, Agnès Callamard, director of Amnesty International, advances in the race against time that is already underway to ensure the survival of the activist. “The Egyptian authorities must act within three days to save Alaa Abdel Fattah,” she declared during a press conference in Cairo. “Let’s be very clear, we are running out of time.

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