The ongoing fuss has cast light on human right violations in Egypt and how dissidents are persecuted by the government. It is a debate that rarely sees the light of day in the North African country, where freedom of expression has dwindled over the past decade.
Egypt: Jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah steals COP27 limelight, but stays in prison
Efforts to release Alaa Abdel Fattah, a British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist who was imprisoned and is on a hunger strike, have stolen the limelight at COP27 this week. Family members and supporters kicked off a campaign in Sharm El-Sheikh demanding for his release. Such calls were also reiterated by world leaders, yet Egypt remains determined to keep him behind bars.