Egypt Watch

Petitions to release the Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah after his health deterioration

Several Egyptian mothers petitioned the National Council for Human Rights to make all possible efforts to transfer political activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah from his prison cell to a prison hospital in light of the harmful health conditions after his hunger strike exceeded its fortieth day.

Abdel-Fattah’s sister, Mona, had talked about his poor health and the prison administration’s refusal to register his hunger strike, in addition to the continued prevention of some rights guaranteed to him by law, such as the right to exercise, read books and newspapers and listen to the radio. At the beginning of last April, Abdel-Fattah started a hunger strike against his illegal detention due to political opinions over the past seven years.

A member of the Presidential Pardon Committee, Kamal Abu Aita, announced that the committee had submitted lists of hundreds of human rights activists, lawyers and journalists to demand their release, including the name of Abdel-Fattah.