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Egypt: Fourth quarterly bulletin documents Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s hunger strike and violations against defenders and lawyers

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The Committee for Justice has released the fourth bulletin of the Human Rights Defenders Watch project, which documented violations against human rights defenders from October to December 2022.

The bulletin documented violations against human rights defenders during the Cop27 Climate Summit, held in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh, where several Egyptian and foreign activists were arrested, before being released without giving reasons for their arrest.

The bulletin also addressed the arrest of the worker’s rights advocate, Shady Mohamed Ali, from an ambush in the Burj Al-Arab area in Alexandria, and his imprisonment on charges of joining a terrorist group, after he received threats in order to withdraw the lawsuit against the Nile Line Group company, which arbitrarily dismissed him in 2019.

The bulletin also documented the arbitrary arrest of a large number of lawyers, such as Ahmed Ghorab, Ahmed El-Helou, Nasr El-Din Hamed Abdel-Maqsoud, Mohamed Fathi Fouad El-Ashry, and Mohamed Abdel-Salam.

The bulletin also referred to Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s escalation of his strike to a dry hunger strike that began on November 6, coinciding with the launch of the Climate Summit, and continuing until November 15. The strike was in protest of his arbitrary detention and poor conditions of detention in the Wadi al-Natrun prison.

The Human Rights Defenders Watch bulletin is a newsletter issued by the Committee for Justice periodically. Its mission is to monitor violations against organizations and individuals working in the field of human rights in Egypt, and the latest developments in human rights issues.

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