Sister of jailed activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah appeals to Biden ahead of his meeting with Egypt’s chief: “Don’t fail us, please”

The sister of imprisoned Egyptian rights activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who started refusing even water after greater than 200 days on a restricted starvation strike initially of the COP27 local weather convention, pleaded straight to President Biden for assist saving her brother’s life. Ahead of Mr. Biden’s meeting on Friday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Sanaa Seif stated the American chief may, “make the difference here.”

“President Biden, you said no more blank checks. You showed that you care, and that you’re at least better than your predecessors, and this is really critical,” Seif stated in a press release to CBS News. “You can make the difference here. You can save Alaa, and you can show that there is some hope and potential for common sense, freedom, democracy. Don’t fail us, please.”

Jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah is pictured on this undated picture shared by the Free Alaa marketing campaign.

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Mr. Biden met with el-Sisi quickly after he arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, going right into a closed meeting after making transient remarks to the media. Among different issues, el-Sisi stated that his administration was working to enhance human rights in Egypt. Mr. Biden stated the 2 leaders would focus on a “full range of bilateral issues” in addition to “continue our dialogue on human rights.”  

The White House expressed “deep concern” over Abdel-Fattah on Thursday. The jailed activist, who’s a twin Egyptian-British citizen, was an vital determine within the pro-democracy “Arab Spring” motion greater than a decade in the past. He has been imprisoned in Egypt for nearly the complete tenure of el-Sisi, Egypt’s present authoritarian president, since 2014. His household and human rights teams name the costs in opposition to him politically motivated and spurious.

“We have been in high level communication with the Egyptian government on this case. We have deep concern about it. We would like to see him freed,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan instructed reporters on Thursday.

“I’m scared. I’m panicking,” stated Seif, who can also be a rights activist and has been jailed a number of occasions in her residence nation. She is attending the U.N. local weather convention in Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh in a bid to pile stress on worldwide leaders gathered there to safe her brother’s launch. 

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Sanaa Seif, sister of dissident Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who’s imprisoned in Egypt and on a starvation strike, attends a protest gathering to demand freedom for imprisoned human rights and environmental activists throughout the globe in the course of the UNFCCC COP27 local weather convention on November 10, 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

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U.Okay. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz each stated they’d raised Abdel-Fattah’s case straight with el-Sisi on the sidelines of the convention, and French media reported that el-Sisi instructed French President Emmanuel Macron that the activist’s well being was “preserved.”

On Thursday, Abdel-Fattah’s household was instructed that he had been given “medical intervention,” however they haven’t been allowed to see him or talk with him, and they do not know what the “intervention” includes. His lawyer stated he was turned away from the jail regardless of lastly being granted a allow for visitation on Thursday, because it was issued for the incorrect date. 

“We’re being intimidated, and they keep giving us different information… One moment they acknowledge he’s on hunger strike, and then they decide, ‘no, he’s eating,’ and nobody is acknowledging the water strike and, I don’t know. I am imagining that he’s in a hospital somewhere, handcuffed to his bed and put on IVs, and I’m hoping that nothing has happened against his will,” Seif instructed CBS News.

Mr. Biden is scheduled to ship remarks at COP27 in a while Friday.

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