The sister of Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah mentioned on Monday the family had acquired a letter from jail that served as “proof of life” from the hunger striker.
Abd el-Fattah, who has been on hunger strike towards his detention and jail circumstances for greater than 220 days, had mentioned he was escalating his protest by ceasing to drink water on Nov. 6, the opening day of the COP27 local weather summit in Egypt.
Since then his family and his lawyer had made repeated journeys to the jail the place he’s detained northwest of Cairo, however had acquired no information on his situation.
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“Alaa is alive, he says he’s drinking water again as of November 12th,” Sanaa Seif mentioned on Twitter. “It’s definitely his handwriting. Proof of life, at last.”
The family shared a replica of the observe, which mentioned he was receiving medical consideration and his very important indicators have been good. It additionally requested them to carry nutritional vitamins.
Abd el-Fattah’s strike has overshadowed United Nations local weather talks within the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the place a number of leaders have raised the case with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, together with U.S. President Joe Biden.
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned after the meeting on Friday that Washington was doing every thing it might to safe Abd el-Fattah’s freedom “as well as the release of a number of other political prisoners” in Egypt.
Since Abd el-Fattah obtained British citizenship in December, British officers have sought unsuccessfully to safe consular entry. British overseas minister James Cleverly mentioned on Monday the federal government would hold making an attempt.
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Abd el-Fattah’s lawyer Khaled Ali mentioned he visited the jail however was unable to get approval to see Abd el-Fattah from jail officers for a second consecutive day regardless of authorisation from the general public prosecutor’s office.
“Why have they been refusing his lawyer access to him, even with a permit? Why did they hold this letter back from us for two days?” his sister Sanaa mentioned in an announcement.
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“Alaa is still on hunger strike, the UK embassy has still failed to achieve consular access (and) he’s still arbitrarily detained with no end in sight.”
Since 2013, when then-army chief Sisi ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, there was a far-reaching crackdown on political dissent that has swept up liberals and leftists, in addition to Islamists. Human rights teams say tens of hundreds have been jailed.
Sisi, who grew to become president in 2014, says safety and stability are paramount and denies there are political prisoners in Egypt.