The life of Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, on hunger strike since 2 April, is at imminent risk. He escalated his hunger strike on 1 November stopping the 100 daily calorie intake he had previously consumed. In what he and his family view as a final bid for his freedom, he announced his decision to stop drinking water on 6 November, the start of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh. Alaa Abdel Fattah, who has spent most of the last nine years unlawfully deprived of his liberty, was last arrested in September 2019. On 20 December 2021, he and human rights lawyer Mohamed Baker were convicted on bogus charges and sentenced to five and four years in prison, respectively, following a grossly unfair trial. They are prisoners of conscience, solely targeted for their peaceful activism, and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Choose a language to view report