‘Proof of life’ given to family of Abd el-Fattah, British-Egyptian activist jailed on hunger strike

The sister of British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah said on Monday that the family received a letter from prison that served as “proof of life” for the hunger striker.

Abd el-Fattah, who has been on hunger strike for more than 220 days against his arrest and prison conditions, said he was intensifying his protest by stopping drinking water last November. 6, opening day of the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

Since then, his family and his lawyer have made repeated trips to the prison where he is being held northwest of Cairo, but have received no news of his condition.

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“Alaa is alive, says he is drinking water again as of November 12,” Sanaa Seif said on Twitter. “It’s definitely his lyrics. Proof of life, finally.”

The family shared a copy of the note, which said he was receiving medical attention and his vital signs were good. He also asked them to bring vitamins.

A letter from Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah serves as "proof of life" for the hunger striker.

A letter from Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah serves as “proof of life” for the hunger striker.
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Abd el-Fattah’s strike overshadowed United Nations climate talks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where several leaders made the case to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, including US President Joe Biden.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said after Friday’s meeting that Washington was doing everything possible to secure Abd el-Fattah’s freedom “as well as the release of other political prisoners” in Egypt.

Since Abd el-Fattah was granted British citizenship in December, British officials have sought unsuccessfully to secure consular access. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Monday the government would keep trying.

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Abd el-Fattah’s lawyer, Khaled Ali, said he visited the prison but could not get approval from prison officials to see Abd el-Fattah for the second day in a row despite authorization from the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“Why have you been denied access to your lawyer, even though you have permission? Why have we held this letter for two days?” his sister Sanaa said in a statement.

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“Alaa is still on hunger strike, the UK embassy has still not gained consular access (and) he is still being arbitrarily detained with no end in sight.”

Since 2013, when then-army chief Sisi overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, there has been a far-reaching crackdown on political dissent that has swept away liberals and leftists as well as Islamists. Human rights groups say tens of thousands have been jailed.

Sisi, who became president in 2014, says that security and stability are paramount and denies that there are political prisoners in Egypt.

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