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At the regular UN briefing in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk called for the “immediate” release of Egypt’s most known political prisoner, Alaa Abdel Fattah.

On the side-lines of COP 27, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also raised the case with the Egyptian authorities. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron also used their trip to the event to raise the case of Alaa Abdel Fattah, a British-Egyptian citizen who is an icon of the 2011 revolution in Egypt.

Since April2nd, Alaa Abdel Fattah, a nemesis of President el-Sissi, has been drinking only a glass of tea and a spoonful of honey a day in his prison in Wadi El Natrun, northwest of Cairo. Incarcerated several times since 2006, he stopped eating completely last Tuesday and drinking on Sunday, as the COP27 opened in Sharm El-Sheikh, on the other side of the country. According to his supporters, the activist has only a few days to live.