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British-Egypt Activist’s Sister Confronted By Egyptian MP At COP27

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An Egyptian MP was removed from a news conference at the COP27 climate summit after defending the detention of British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel Fattah. Since Sunday, Abdel Fattah has continued his almost 200-day hunger strike without drinking any water. Volker Türk, the UN human rights chief, urged the Egyptian government to “immediately release Abdel Fattah from prison and provide him with the necessary medical treatment” in a statement released in Geneva.

Amr Darwish declared that he was “not a political prisoner” when speaking to a panel that also included Sanaa Seif, Abdel Fattah’s sister.

Turk said that his life was “in acute peril” and that he must be released right away. Since April, Abdel Fattah has been fasting in protest at being denied consular visits. Sanaa Seif, his sister, stated: “Alaa stopped drinking water 50 hours ago, that is all we know. We have no idea where he is. His state of existence is unknown.”

“My mother waited outside the prison gates for 10 hours yesterday for her weekly letter. They didn’t give her one. She is back at those gates right now,” she told a news conference at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.

“I asked the British authorities to get us some proof that Alaa is alive and conscious. I did not get any response.”

She expressed additional concerns about her brother’s potential treatment by jail officials. According to Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Abdel Fattah is receiving the “healthcare and care that is available to all convicts” from the government. In the meantime, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi informed French President Emmanuel Macron that Egypt is committed to maintaining its health.

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