“Medically Supplied” – Egypt: Opponents of Force-Feeding Regime Over COP27?


Dissident and hunger striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah, detained in Egypt, has been placed under medical treatment. It was initially unclear whether the intervention was a form of forced feeding, such as intravenous. This could prevent a possible death of the prominent activist during the UN climate conference COP27, where tens of thousands of delegates, observers and journalists are registered.

The 40-year-old, who was one of the leading figures in the 2011 revolution, was sentenced to five years in prison in December 2021. The indictment spread false information. He has been on a hunger strike since April 2, which he intensified at the start of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, and has been refusing water ever since.

Family not allowed to go to el-Fattah
“They said medical procedures were being carried out to preserve his health and the judicial authorities were being informed,” his mother Laila Soueif said. According to her, Alaa remains in prison. She was forbidden to wait outside the Wadi al-Natrun detention center in the desert north of Cairo. Letters to him would not be accepted.

Sister Sanaa Seif worries that her brother is being force-fed to keep him alive in prison. This could prevent a possible death of the prominent activist during the climate conference. The matter was also raised by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

COP27 President and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had questioned CNBC whether Abd el-Fattah was even on a hunger strike. In addition, a hunger strike is a “personal decision”. Health care is available to him – just like all other inmates.

Source: Krone


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