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Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s family said today that they had not heard from him since he was supposed to stop drinking water two days ago. The UN human rights chief also said that his life was in serious danger. Alaa Abd el-Fattah is an Egyptian-British hunger striker.

Abd el-Fattah, a well-known blogger and activist, was given a five-year prison term in December 2021 for spreading false information. Since April 2, he has been on a hunger strike for 220 days to protest his detention and conditions in prison.

He told his family that he would stop drinking water on Sunday, escalating the situation as world leaders arrived in Egypt for the COP27 climate conference.

When his mother went to the jail northwest of Cairo yesterday, despite waiting there for hours, she said she did not receive a weekly letter from him.
We have no idea where he is. Sanaa Seif, Abd el-Fattah’s sister, told journalists at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders to discuss global warming, which was held in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh this year. “We don’t know if he’s alive,” she said.
Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for Abd el-Fattah’s immediate release because he said he was “in great danger.”
Turk stated, “His dry hunger strike puts his life at acute risk.”

In response to the question of whether there was a possibility that he had already passed away due to the lack of communication, Volk’s spokesperson stated in Geneva: We are extremely concerned about his health, and there is also a lack of transparency regarding his current state.
Rishi Sunak, the British prime minister, expressed his hope that the issue would be resolved as soon as possible to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi while he was at the COP27 climate talks on Monday.

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Seif, however, stated that Britain had not responded to her request for evidence of her brother’s existence.
“I requested that the English specialists get us some verification that Alaa is alive and cognizant, I got no reaction.”
“Interference” When asked about the case yesterday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told CNBC that the prison administration would provide healthcare to Abd el-Fattah.

Egyptian parliamentarian Amr Darwish, who was at COP27, said that Abd el-Fattah had been found guilty in court. He also questioned his family’s request for international support, which pro-government figures have said is an intrusion into Egypt’s internal affairs.
During Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising, which resulted in the country’s first democratic presidential election, Abd el-Fattah rose to prominence. After widespread protests in July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood’s new president, Mohamed Mursi, was overthrown by the military, which was led by Sisi at the time.

Hundreds of civilians were killed when security forces broke up two pro-Mursi sit-ins in Cairo the following month.
Abd el-Fattah, a software developer from an activist family, was arrested during the subsequent crackdown on liberals, leftists, and Islamists. Since then, he has been in prison for most of his life.
The choice Egypt made to host COP27 has been criticized by rights activists for what they claim is its repression of political dissent. Additionally, they have expressed concern regarding protesters’ access to and use of the space at the UN climate talks.
Following the uprising in 2011, Sisi has stated that security measures were required to stabilize Egypt.