Faced with growing concerns over the state of health of Egyptian-British political prisoner Alaa Abd El-Fattah, the family are seeking proof of life from the pro-democracy blogger, who faces death threats after seven months. hunger strike.
“I have already applied [de grâce présidentielle] in June and today I filed a new one to reaffirm my commitment to any legal path to resolve my brother’s fate.”confirmed Friday, November 11, on Twitter Mona Seif, one of the sisters of Egypt’s most notorious political prisoner, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who has spent most of the past nine years in prison.
For several days, his relatives have swallowed a cup of tea and a spoonful of honey a day before refusing to eat a week ago, and on Sunday, they fear that he will be force-fed 7 months after drinking. COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt).
Alaa Abd El-Fattah’s family reiterates that they will only be reassured when a representative of the British Embassy or a relative sees him. On Thursday, the prison administration released 40-year-old prisoner A “treatment” and the prosecution claimed that he was “in good health”.
Later, the lawyer of his mother, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, was released from prison
His mother, Laila Soueif, went to Wadi Natrun prison, 100 kilometers northwest of Cairo, four times this week, but was turned away each time. On Thursday, his lawyer, Khalid Ali, also had to return: his permit, duly issued by the prosecutor’s office, was deemed inadmissible by the prison authorities because it was the day before. Me Ali had not received a permit for nearly three years. After an intense day of mobilization for Alaa Abd El-Fattah at COP27, he was called to pick it up.
Another sister of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, Sanaa Seif, held two major press conferences there. A number of Western leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, have called on Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to release him.
MI Seif called the UN to hold another press conference in Sharm El-Sheikh “He can ask the president for pardon for his brother”Khalid Ali said on Facebook on Friday evening.
During his first conference at COP27, the director, himself a former political prisoner, was taken over by a pro-Sissi MP who was quickly expelled by UN security – prompting an outcry from the establishment in Egypt.
An independent group of experts working at the UN has called for the release of a British prisoner of Egyptian origin from Cairo. “The arrest of Ala Abd Al-Fattah and his trials cannot become the image of COP27”they said.
Biden met with Egyptian President El-Sisi
It was US President Joe Biden’s turn to address 40,000 attendees at COP27 on Friday. A few hours before Mrs. Seif asked for a pardon from the president, the American president Mr. Sisi and “He emphasized the importance of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In front of the press, Mr. Biden also welcomed the resumption of the president’s pardon commission, which was regularly noted by human rights defenders in the country in April.
According to Amnesty International, this commission, which has been inactive for several years, allowed the release of 766 political prisoners within seven months. However, the NGO adds that during the same period, 1,540 Egyptians were arrested for crimes of opinion – some of whom were released by presidential decree.
Since ex-Marshal Sisi came to power in 2013 by ousting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist-first crackdown has silenced all opposition and civil society, while independent media representatives have become increasingly rare.
Call for demonstrations, then arrests
Social media can be dangerous, NGOs say, as nearly 200 Egyptians brought to military justice have just paid the price. The arrests began Friday after the mysterious protest call appeared online three weeks ago.
That Friday, police marched through central Cairo, home to Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 “revolution.” Plainclothes officers searched the phones of youths riding motorcycles or passers-by, while their uniformed counterparts blocked certain streets.
In the end, no protesters came out, but police trucks were parked on the bridges leading to the center of the metropolis of more than 20 million people, and the shutters of cafes remained down.