British-Egyptian hunger striker may die in prison, Nobel laureates warn world leaders attending Cop27
GuardianNov 02, 2022Nov 02, 2022
Leaders attending the COP27 summit have the power to free Abd el-Fattah and should use their visit to Egypt to do so. If those who claim to be fighting for change don't do something this time around, not only could Fattah die, but so too could countless activists and others who face persecution.
The West has already been ramping up multi-faceted pressure on Egypt, with international human rights watchdogs urging the country to stop its repression of civil society and the US deciding to withhold millions in foreign military aid over Egypt's failure to fulfil human rights conditions. Former MP Ziyad el-Elaimy has already been pardoned, and Fattah must also be released soon.