“If he is not released, human rights defender Alaa Abdel-Battah will be dead before the end of COP27”

Alaa Abdel-Fattah is a British-Egyptian writer, human rights defender and software developer. He was one of the main militant voices during the January 25, 2011 revolution. He has been published in many media; Well known for founding a major Arabic blog aggregator; and has participated in several citizen journalism initiatives.

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His book, You are not defeated yet, which compiles some of his most profoundly influential writings, has been widely acclaimed. Alaa was arrested under every Egyptian head of state during his lifetime. He is currently detained after an unfair trial on false charges related to his human rights advocacy.

On April 2, 2022, he went on an indefinite hunger strike as a last ditch effort for freedom. After more than 200 days of partial hunger strike, Alaa announced on 1stThere is In November 2022, he stopped his previous 100 calorie intake and went on a full hunger strike. Alaa has decided to start a water strike from November 6, 2022 to coincide with the opening of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. That means Alaa will be dead before the end of COP27 if he is not released.

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“If we want death, then a fast is not a struggle. If we cling to life only by instinct, what is the use of a strike? If you postpone death only because of the shame of your mother’s tears, you reduce your chances of victory. For my freedom and my struggle for the freedom of prisoners from the conflict in which they are not participating or they are trying to escape. “I have decided to intensify at such a time as I think fit; for the victims of a regime which cannot deal with crises except by repression, and which cannot multiply itself except by imprisonment.” – Alaa wrote in a letter to his family announcing that he would intensify his hunger strike.

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read more: The hunger strike of Alaa Abdel Fattah, Egypt’s most notorious political prisoner, has been pushed against COP27.

On October 31, 2022, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment said: “As COP27 approaches, I join the chorus of global voices calling for the immediate release of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, the Egyptian activist who has been imprisoned for years for speaking out. Freedom of expression is a prerequisite for climate justice! »

Determined that prisoners of conscience should regain their freedom, we join our voices and signatures in this appeal by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, supported by several human rights associations. We ask the authorities to intercede in favor of the prisoner Alaa Abdel-Fattah and to receive some of us.

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