UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s life is in grave danger Prison News

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s life is in grave danger Prison News

Volker Türk, head of UN rights, called on Egypt to immediately release hunger striker and popular activist Ala Abd el Fattah.

The life of imprisoned hunger striker Alaa Abd el Fattah is in great danger, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said, renewing the call to Egypt to release him immediately.

“I call on the Egyptian government to immediately release Abd el Fattah from prison and provide him with the necessary medical care,” Turk said in a statement on Tuesday, warning that the activist was “in great danger.”

“His dry hunger strike puts his life in grave danger.”

Abd el-Fattah, a prominent activist and blogger who holds dual British-Egyptian citizenship, was jailed for five years in 2014 for participating in an unauthorized assembly. He was arrested again in 2019, and in December 2021 he was sentenced to another five years on charges of spreading fake news.

A 40-year-old man was a hunger strike for a period of 220 days against his arrest and prison conditions.

Abd el-Fattah has told his family that he will stop drinking water on Sunday in protest. Her mother said she did not receive the letter she usually receives from him when she visited on Monday.

Abd el-Fattah’s health could deteriorate rapidly without water. The escalation of his protest coincided COP27 Climate SummitThe UN’s annual gathering of world leaders to discuss global warming is being held in Egypt this year.

Turkish spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the official spoke personally with Egyptian authorities to request Abd el Fattah’s release, most recently on Friday.

Asked if there was a risk he was already dead given the lack of communication, Shamdasani said at a briefing in Geneva.

Turk noted that the resumption of the Egyptian presidential pardon committee in April “led to the release of many persons.”

But he called on “the Egyptian authorities to fulfill their human rights obligations and immediately release all those arbitrarily detained, including those in pre-trial detention, as well as those unjustly convicted.”

“No one should be detained for exercising their basic human rights or defending the rights of others,” he said.

Prisoners of conscience

Abd el-Fattah’s detention has become a key issue at the COP27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, where his sister, Sana Seif, a former political prisoner, is participating. campaign for his release.

COP27 activists also repeatedly posted on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeAlaa, and several speakers ended their speeches with the words “you haven’t lost yet,” the title of his book.

According to human rights groups, Abd el-Fattah is among more than 60,000 prisoners of conscience in Egypt since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power by ousting former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Asked about the case, Egypt’s foreign minister and COP27 president Sameh Shoukry told CNBC that prison authorities would provide medical care to Abd el-Fattah. Egyptian officials had previously said he was receiving food.

British Prime Minister Richie Sounak and French President Emmanuel Macron met directly with Egyptian President El-Sisi on Monday and stepped up pressure for his release, hours after three Egyptian journalists said they had begun a hunger strike. for his fate.

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