for about 10 days, ala abdel-fatahAmnesty International reported that family members did not hear from him and that prison officials told him he was refusing to meet them.
The London-based group urged authorities to immediately grant United Kingdom consular access to the 40-year-old computer programmer. Abdel-Fatah has been on a hunger strike for nearly 110 days to protest the terms of his imprisonment, his family had previously said.
The hunger strike is still on and there is no information about Abdel-Fatah’s medical condition. He was sentenced last December to five years for spreading false news, a charge often used to punish opposition and pro-democracy activists. Egypt,
Earlier this year, Abdel-Fatah obtained British citizenship through his mother Laila Souif, a mathematics professor Cairo The university, who was born in London, was announced by his family in April.
“He should be granted immediate access to his family and a consular visit and ensure his safety from renewed torture and other abuse,” Amnesty said in a statement.
Abdel-Fatah, a vocal dissident, rose to prominence with the pro-democracy uprising of 2011, which shook the entire country. Middle East and overtook the long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Abdel-Fatah spent much of the past decade behind bars and his detention has become a symbol of Egypt’s return to autocracy.
On Thursday, Abdel-Fatah’s mother filed a petition with Wadi al-Natrum prison authorities, asking why her son is allegedly refusing to receive any visitors, his sister Mona Seif tweeted. written on.
“How’s Niche? Why aren’t we going to meet her? What’s going on inside? And what are we waiting for to sort it all out and see her and see for ourselves that she’s okay?” said his sister.
She also said that her mother was traveling every day for five days to the prison, located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) north of Cairo, where the family lives, in hopes of any word from her.
Abdel-Fatah was first sentenced in 2014 after pleading guilty to participating in an unauthorized protest and allegedly assaulting a police officer. He was released in 2019 after a five-year term, but was arrested again later that year in a crackdown following anti-government protests.
The family said at the time that they asked for a British passport to pass the “impossible test” for Abdel-Fatah. Since then, the family has been asking officials to give them access to consular travel.
Last year, Abdel-Fatah’s family and his Egyptian lawyers accused prison officials at Cairo’s Tora prison of torturing them and depriving them of basic legal rights. He also called on prosecutors to investigate the claims. In April, authorities moved him from the infamous facility to the newly-inaugurated Wadi el-Natrun prison.
Since April, Egypt has been releasing political prisoners as part of the presidential abdel fattah Al-Sisi attempts to reach political opposition amid the economic crisis created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.