Alaa Abd El-Fattah: Sister of British-Egyptian activist on starvation and water strike receives letter saying he’s alive


Alaa Abd El-Fattah, a jailed British-Egyptian activist who has been on a water and starvation strike, is alive and has resumed consuming water, authorities mentioned in a letter to his household.

He has been on starvation strike for greater than 200 days and originally of this month he stopped consuming water.

Sanaa Seif, the activist’s sister, mentioned in a tweet on Monday that Egyptian jail officers despatched a notice to her mom saying Abd El-Fattah is alive they usually began consuming water once more on Saturday. Seif mentioned the letter was “undoubtedly” written in his brother’s handwriting. Abd El-Fattah promised in his letter to “say extra as quickly as attainable,” Seif mentioned.

The household’s lawyer, Khaled Ali, mentioned in a Fb put up on Monday that Abd El-Fattah additionally wrote within the letter that he was “effectively and beneath medical supervision.” Ali mentioned he was awaiting permission from the prosecutor to go to Abd El-Fattah in Wadi Al Natroun jail, north of Cairo.

Supporters of Alaa Abd El-Fattah take part in a candlelight vigil outside Downing Street in London on November 6.

Seif held a press convention final week throughout which he mentioned the household didn’t know if Abd El-Fattah was alive. Egyptian authorities have repeatedly resisted calls to launch him.

Abd El-Fattah was one of many predominant activists in Egypt’s 2011 rebellion, which overthrew the federal government of dictator Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak’s democratically elected successor was overthrown in a coup and changed by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the present president, beneath whose rule civil society and freedom of expression have been stifled.

Abd El-Fattah has spent a lot of the previous decade in jail on fees that activists say are politically motivated. In 2019, he was sentenced to 5 extra years in jail for allegedly spreading faux information after sharing a Fb put up highlighting human rights abuses in Egyptian prisons.

Earlier this month, he stepped up a greater than 200-day starvation strike and stopped consuming water, a growth that coincided with the gathering of world leaders in Egypt for the COP27 local weather summit. The deterioration of Abd El-Fattah’s well being overshadowed the occasion and led to new requests for his launch, together with from Amnesty Worldwide. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak additionally raised Abd El-Fattah’s case whereas attending COP27.

Egypt’s Overseas Minister Sameh Shoukry mentioned Abd El-Fattah’s state of affairs was “a judicial matter” and that he had acquired a “truthful trial”.

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