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Climate and social justice

As the 2022 Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (COP 27) opened on 6 November, the German government’s representative for human rights, LuiseAmtsberg, said that “the human rights situation in Egypt does not live up to the special responsibility” of organising such a major event.

Calling in particular for the release of journalist and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and his lawyer Mohammed el-Baqer, the German official stressed that “it is only through an open exchange of ideas and approaches that we will succeed in mastering the climate crisis.”

In her statement, LuiseAmtsberg said “the fact that people who want to express their opinions freely and stand up for that right are punished with long prison sentences — sometimes under inhumane conditions — is unacceptable.” The statement cited the case of Alaa Abdel Fattah, a central figure in the revolution that ended the rule of Hosni Mubarak in 2011: he has been detained since 2019 and was sentenced at the end of 2021 to five years in prison for disseminating “false information.”