Alaa Abd El-Fattah: Activist to finish starvation strike, letter to sister says


The sister of Alaa Abd El-Fattah stated Tuesday that she had acquired a letter saying the imprisoned British-Egyptian activist had ended his starvation strike after greater than 200 days.

“The important thing is I want to celebrate my birthday with you on Thursday, I haven’t celebrated for a long time, and want to celebrate with my cellmates, so bring a cake, normal provisions, I’ve broken my strike,” reads one a part of the letter, purportedly from Abd El-Fattah and addressed to his mom, which was posted on Sanaa Seif’s Twitter account.

“We just got this letter. Alaa has broken his hunger strike. I don’t know what’s happening inside, but our family visit is scheduled for Thursday and he’s saying to bring a cake to celebrate his birthday. #FreeAlaa,” Seif wrote, together with an image of the letter.

Earlier this month, Abd El-Fattah escalated a greater than 200-day starvation strike and stopped ingesting water as world leaders started to collect in Egypt for the COP27 local weather summit.

The plight of the Arab Spring activist has solid a shadow over the occasion and led to renewed requires his launch, together with from Amnesty Worldwide. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak additionally raised Abd El-Fattah’s case whereas attending COP27.

Egypt’s international minister, Sameh Shoukry, stated Abd El-Fattah’s state of affairs was a “judicial matter” and claimed he had acquired a “fair trial.”

On Monday, Seif stated on Twitter that Egyptian jail officers despatched a word to her mom saying Abd El-Fattah was alive and had begun ingesting water once more on Saturday.

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

Abd El-Fattah was a number one activist in Egypt’s 2011 rebellion, which toppled the federal government of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak’s democratically elected successor was ousted in a coup and changed by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the present president, below whose rule civil society and free speech has been stifled.

Abd El-Fattah has spent a lot of the previous decade in jail on prices that activists say are politically motivated. In 2019 he was sentenced to an additional 5 years in jail for allegedly spreading false information after sharing a Fb publish highlighting human rights abuses in Egyptian jails.