MIL-OSI NGOs: Egypt: 1,000 days of unjust imprisonment


Source: Amnesty International –

Tomorrow marks 1,000 days of unjust detention for prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, an Egyptian-British national, and his lawyer Mohamed Baker, who are both imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights. Amnesty International is urging the Egyptian authorities to release them immediately and unconditionally, and also calls on the UK authorities to use all means at their disposal to visit Alaa Abdel Fattah in prison and secure his release. 

Alaa Abdel Fattah (pictured) and his lawyer Mohamed Baker were arrested in September 2019. They were sentenced in December 2021 by Egypt’s Emergency State Security Court to five and four years in prison respectively for “spreading false news”. Since 2 April 2022, Alaa Abdel Fattah has been on hunger strike in protest at his unjust detention, inhumane prison conditions, and the prison authorities’ refusal to grant him consular access.

Egyptian authorities know Alaa Abdel Fattah is a symbol of resistance and freedom in Egypt, and his continued imprisonment sends a chilling message to other activists.

Amna Guellali, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa

“Alaa Abdel Fattah has now endured 1,000 days in detention, where prison and security officials have subjected him to a catalogue of human rights violations including torture and other ill-treatment, in reprisal for his prominent role in the 2011 revolution. The Egyptian authorities know that Alaa is a symbol of resistance and freedom in Egypt and the wider region, and his continued unjust imprisonment sends a chilling message to other activists, and casts a shadow over preparations for the global UN climate conference taking place in Egypt later this year” said Amna Guellali, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.  

“After more than 80 days of hunger strike, Alaa Abdel Fattah’s situation is now entering a critical phase, both psychologically and physically. The Egyptian authorities are responsible for Alaa Abdel Fattah’s life and they must immediately release him.”