Egypt: Jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah steals COP27 limelight, but stays in prison

By The Africa Report
Posted on Thursday, 10 November 2022 18:07, updated on Friday, 11 November 2022 03:39

Activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah stands in front of a police officer at a court during his trial in Cairo, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

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.

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.