Alaa Abdel Fattah, historical opponent of Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, is trying to raise awareness about his captivity in Egypt.

The support committee for Egypt’s most famous detainee, Alaa Abdel Fattah, who passed the 100-day hunger strike milestone on Sunday, called on the United States to secure his release on Saturday.

This central figure in the popular uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and now a nuisance of President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi’s regime, swallowed for only 100 days “100 calories a day, a spoonful of honey and some milk. in tea “, according to his relatives.

His sister Sanaa announces that he will take his case to Washington on Monday, while US President Joe Biden is expected next week in the Middle East for a tour during which he will visit Saudi Arabia where several Arab officials will also be present, including Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

The other sister, Mona, who continues to warn about the fate of over 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt, has been collecting letters of support from MPs in London, Berlin and Brussels for months.

A recent move

Sentenced at the end of 2021 to five years in prison for “false information” but detained since September 2019, Alaa Abdel Fattah was unable, according to his family, to sleep on a mattress or receive a book until last month, when he was transferred. to a newly built prison.

“He will not eat until he receives a consular visit from the British authorities,” after obtaining British citizenship in custody, reads a press release from his support committee, which specifically brings together members of his family.

COP27 in Egypt criticized

At the end of June, the head of British diplomacy Liz Truss had assured that he was “working hard” to obtain the liberation of the Egyptian-British. The British government has been in a crisis since Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepped down Thursday, and she Truss is among the names proposed to replace him.

“The Egyptian authorities know that Alaa is a symbol of resistance and freedom (…) His unjust detention sends a clear message to other activists and obscures the preparations” for the UN climate conference COP27, scheduled for November in Egypt, Amnesty International said in late June. Human Rights Watch had previously considered COP27 to be a “reward for the repressive power” of Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

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