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COP27: On day 9, UN probes allegations of ‘surveillance’ by Egyptian police, detentions continue, and Alaa Abdel Fattah writes letter to family

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On the 9th day of the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Committee for Justice documented a number of limited protests by climate activists, including a dance mob calling for an end to fossil fuels.

UN probe into Egyptian police behavior:

UN officers on Monday said they launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Egyptian police officers in providing security in international climate talks during the conference, based on numerous complaints from attendees at the German pavilion of the summit, as security filmed them after Germany hosted an event with Sanaa Seif, sister of the detained activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah.

Politico magazine has published a report on nightmarish events that occurred to several activists and delegates, some were left in rooms without beds, forced to sleep in rooms without locks, and woken up at night by arbitrary demands for documents.

Arbitrary arrests:

As MP Amr Darwish claimed that there are no political prisoners in Egypt, the Committee for Justice documented investigations with 36 detainees before the Supreme State Security Prosecution in relation to various cases linked to the 11/11 call for protests.

Meanwhile, Ziad Abu al-Fadl remains forcibly disappeared for the third day in a row, and Seif al-Islam Eid, an Egyptian researcher residing abroad, announced that Egyptian police forces stormed his family’s home in the city of Kafr al-Dawwar, Beheira Governorate, destroyed its contents and intimidated his mother without any declared reasons.

A letter from Abdel Fattah:

Regarding the case of detained activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, his legal representative, Khaled Ali, was not allowed to visit him for the third day in a row, while he and Abdel Fattah’s mother, University Professor Laila Soueif, obtained a letter on Monday from Abdel Fattah, dated November 12, telling them that he had started drinking water, reassuring them that he was alive.

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