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Alaa Abdel-Fattah, activist on hunger strike in Egypt jail, given “medical intervention,” family told

Jailed Egyptian rights activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who started refusing even water after greater than 200 days on a hunger strike firstly of the COP27 local weather convention, has acquired “medical intervention,” his family has been told. Prison authorities told his mom on Thursday that measures had been taken “with the knowledge of a judicial authority.”

“We are demanding information on the substance of the ‘medical intervention’ and demanding that with the utmost urgency he is moved to hospital where lawyers and family can reach him,” the activist’s family mentioned in a press release supplied to CBS News.

Abdel-Fattah’s lawyer, Khaled Ali, mentioned Thursday that he had lastly acquired permission to go to the activist in jail, and that he was on his means there.

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“This news is seriously worrying… After being on hunger strike for seven months Alaa’s body is in an incredibly precarious state and the wrong intervention could have terrible consequences,” Abdel-Fattah’s cousin, Omar Robert Hamliton, told CBS News. “This is against his will, illegal and inhumane. We don’t even know if he’s in a hospital or still inside the prison. The cruelty is unfathomable.” 

Abdel-Fattah, a twin Egyptian-British citizen who was an essential determine in the pro-democracy “Arab Spring” motion greater than a decade in the past, has been imprisoned in Egypt for just about the whole tenure of Egypt’s present authoritarian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, since 2014. Alaa’s family and human rights teams name the costs in opposition to him spurious.

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Protesters collect on November 7, 2022 close to the British embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut to demand the discharge of jailed British-Egyptian political dissident Alaa Abdel Fattah.

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The head of the United Nations human rights office known as on Tuesday for his rapid launch, warning that he was “in great danger.” A spokesman for the U.N. rights office mentioned the worldwide physique had final raised the problem of the activist’s well being with the Egyptian authorities on Friday, and that they have been calling for him “to be urgently, immediately released.” 

Meanwhile, Abdel-Fattah’s sister Sanaa Seif, who travelled to Egypt from London early this week to be on the COP27 summit in the hope of accelerating strain on worldwide leaders to marketing campaign for her brother’s launch, was told {that a} grievance had been filed in opposition to her asking Egypt’s public prosecutor to cost her with “conspiring with foreign agencies hostile to the Egyptian state” and “deliberately spreading false news,” her family mentioned in a press release. 

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Egyptian member of parliament Amr Darwish (proper) is escorted outdoors by United Nations safety throughout a press convention hosted by the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice and attended by Sanaa Seif (prime left), sister of imprisoned British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, on the sidelines of the COP27 local weather convention in Egypt’s Red Sea resort metropolis of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 8, 2022.

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“Anybody can submit a complaint to the General Prosecutor’s office, and it’s up to him to decide whether or not to proceed with it,” Abdel-Fattah’s different sister Mona mentioned in a press release. “But with our experience in our family, it is usually the case that complaints that we submit about crimes committed against us are ignored, while complaints that are filed against us by random people we don’t know, is usually the Egyptian state’s way of starting a new case against one of us. So there’s a very strong possibility that this is what they’re preparing next for Sanaa.”

President Biden was to be in Egypt to attend the COP27 local weather convention on Friday and he was anticipated to carry a bilateral meeting with el-Sisi. A senior White House official mentioned Tuesday that the president would talk about human rights with the Egyptian chief.

Mr. Biden will “be engaging with Egyptian leaders to discuss developments in the Middle East and the U.S. commitment to stability through broader-integration diplomacy to end conflicts in the region and deescalate tensions. Human rights will feature prominently in those discussions,” the senior official mentioned. 

“We have and will continue to urge the Egyptian government to release political prisoners and undertake human rights-related legal reforms,” the official added.

The senior official mentioned the Biden administration remained involved about Abdel-Fattah’s case in explicit, “and the reported condition of his health, and we have raised repeated concerns about his case and his conditions in detention with the government of Egypt.”

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