We at GreenNet add our voices to the urgent calls for Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s freedom. The human rights and digital rights campaigner has been on dry hunger strike in an Egyptian prison since Sunday. The desperate hope was that while the eyes of the world are on Egypt the British delegation to COP27 would secure Alaa's safe release from prison and transport to Britain, where he has citizenship.
In happier days Alaa helped GreenNet on website projects, encouraging us to develop in Drupal. We’ve kept in contact with his family through APC while his mistreatment at the hands of the el-Sisi government (and previous governments) of Egypt has grown worse.
GreenNet collective members joined the vigils in London on Sunday. While it is encouraging to see Alaa’s family’s campaign in the media during COP27 and in the mouths of politicians, Alaa’s situation is critical.
We are also deeply concerned for the welfare of Alaa's sister Sanaa since she has bravely returned to Egypt, and for the thousands of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Egypt.