Jailed Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has “deteriorated severely” since hunger strike, family says

The family of imprisoned Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah mentioned they have been allowed to see him on Thursday and that his situation has “deteriorated severely” following a dramatic hunger strike.

The information was posted in a tweet by his sister Mona Seif after a go to to the jail of Wadi el-Natroun, north of Cairo, by the activist’s mom, aunt and his different sister. It was their first time seeing him in practically a month.

“News from the visit are unsettling,” Mona tweeted, including that her brother had “deteriorated severely in the past 2 weeks.” She didn’t elaborate extra on his well being however mentioned the family would share extra info later within the day.

In a press release on Thursday, Abdel-Fattah’s family mentioned they haven’t identified a lot about his situation since his imprisonment. 

“We saw Alaa today for the first time since October 24th,” the family mentioned in a press release. “We knew that on November 1st, he was going to drop the 100 calories that had been keeping him alive for over six months. When we saw him today, he was exhausted, weak and vulnerable. He was very, very thin.”

“We knew that on November 6th, the first day of the COP27 conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, he was going to stop drinking water. Beyond that, we knew almost nothing about what has happened to him inside prison, except for two short notes we received from him on Monday and Tuesday this week,” the family added. 

The family has not seen Abdel-Fattah since the final pre-allotted go to on Oct. 24 and had not been given info on his situation. The conferences, carried out behind a glass barrier, normally final for round 20 minutes.

The family mentioned on November 6 Adbel-Fattah stopped consuming water and on November at 8 he was ordered to the Medical Centre for a “routine examination” — prompting ideas that he was being force-fed.

“They were pressuring Alla to submit to a medical examination so that they could produce a medical report,” his family mentioned. “He said if it was officially put on the record that he was admitted to the Medical Centre and that he was on a hunger and water strike, then he would submit to a medical. “

But as an alternative, his family mentioned, they introduced in a plain clothed officer to “intimidate” him and when he refused to depart the medical heart a riot squad eliminated him. 

“As he was being carried out he ‘lost it’ and had a meltdown and promised to kill himself if he was taken back to the cell,” his family mentioned, and on November 9 he “smashed his own head against the wall” till he drew blood so as to “force authorities to file an official report and bring in an investigator.” 

After passing out within the bathe on November 11 he awoke to a “canula in his body which gave him lactate solution and glucose” earlier than giving him “electrolyte fluid, a spoonful of honey and a pickle,” ending his hunger strike. 

Abdel-Fattah is certainly one of Egypt’s most distinguished pro-democracy campaigners. He had intensified his hunger strike and halted all energy and water at first earlier in November of the U.N. local weather convention underway in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to attract consideration to his case and people of different political prisoners.

Abdel-Fattah, who turns 41 on Friday, has spent many of the previous decade in jail due to his criticism of Egypt’s rulers. Last year, he was sentenced to 5 years for sharing a Facebook put up a couple of prisoner who died in custody in 2019.

His hunger strike drew consideration on Egypt’s heavy suppression of speech and political exercise, in the course of the Arab nation internet hosting of the U.N. local weather summit, referred to as COP27. Since 2013, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s authorities has cracked down on dissidents and critics, jailing hundreds, nearly banning protests and monitoring social media.

During the two-week local weather convention, U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz all raised the activist’s case of their non-public talks with el-Sissi. Abdel-Fattah gained British citizenship earlier this year by means of his mom, who was born in London. The family have regularly criticized the British authorities for not doing sufficient to safe his launch.

But the ending of the hunger strike, which was a shock to his family, additionally raised questions over whether or not Abdel-Fattah had been instructed one thing by authorities.

“I have no idea why he took this step, has he been promised something, what has been told to him, what has been hidden from him, I have no idea,” Soueif mentioned earlier.

Egypt’s overseas minister has tried to speak down the eye on Abdel-Fattah. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday on the sidelines of COP27, Sameh Shoukry mentioned the precedence of the summit must be centered on ”the existential problem associated to local weather change” not the activist’s wellbeing.

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