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Family of Alaa Abd El-Fattah Camp Out in Front of U.K. Gov’t Building to Demand His Release

HeadlineOct 19, 2022

In the United Kingdom, the family of jailed Egyptian writer and activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah has begun a sit-in in front of the British foreign affairs office. Sanaa and Mona Seif are demanding the release of their brother, who has been on hunger strike for 200 days. El-Fattah also has British citizenship. British shadow foreign secretary David Lammy joined the protest yesterday. Supporters of El-Fattah are ramping up pressure to release the human rights activist ahead of next month’s COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Gambia has voted to adopt the Egyptian civic space petition, which links COP27 to human rights and demands an end to human rights abuses.

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