COP27 daily bulletin: Alaa Abdel Fattah ends hunger strike, Germany warns of Egyptian surveillance, and two forcibly disappeared citizens reappear
With the start of the 10th day of Cop27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, a number of participants gathered and chanted slogans calling for stopping the use of energy sources that produce emissions that cause pollution to the environment. In addition, other activists organized a protest to warn of the dangers of the water crisis in Africa, and to emphasize Egypt’s historical rights to the waters of the Nile.
Alaa Abdel Fattah case:
With regard to the developments in the case of the detained activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, his family received a letter from him today informing them that he had ended his hunger strike, which has been going on since 2 April. He said they will be informed of the rest of the details during a family visit scheduled for November 17. His lawyer has not yet been allowed to visit him.
Appearance after enforced disappearance:
Activist Ziyad Abu al-Fadl and his friend Khaled Abdel Mohsen appeared on the evening of November 14 before the Supreme State Security Prosecution after an enforced disappearance that lasted for nearly three days. A decision was issued to imprison them for 15 days pending case 2094/2022, on charges of “joining a terrorist group, financing terrorism, spreading false news, and incitement to commit a crime of terrorism.” The Committee for Justice also documented the investigation of 40 people before the Supreme State Security Prosecution.
German warnings of surveillance:
Reuters reported on Monday that the German police sent to members of its delegation in Sharm el-Sheikh warning them of “overt and covert surveillance through photography and videography” by Egyptian agents, and that their conversations might be recorded. The report cited sources as saying that the comments made last week by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz about Egypt’s human rights record have “provoked the threat of surveillance.” The police warned delegates that individuals affiliated with the Egyptian government may attempt to disrupt events organized by the German delegation through “provocative actions”.