#FreeAlaa campaign

Free Alaa

The life of human rights defender Alaa Abdel-Fattah is at serious risk: urge Egypt to release him immediately!

UPDATE: On 15 November, Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s mother has received a letter from him from inside Wadi al-Natrun prison announcing that Alaa has broken his hunger strike. In the letter, Alaa indicated that he will be able to see her on visitation day, this Thursday 17 November, and asked her to bring a cake, as he would like to celebrate his birthday with her and with his cellmates. He’ll be able to explain everything when he sees her, he wrote.

Pressure should remain to release him immediately, along with Mohamed el-Baqer and Mohamed “Oxygen” Ibrahim Radwan and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights #FreeThemAll. Here is what you can do:

  1. Click to tweet at world leaders to intervene urgently for his release
  2. Sign & Share the petition
  3. Follow @FreedomforAlaa on twitter for latest updates
  4. Write to your MP in the United Kingdom

 

UPDATE: On 14 November Alaa’s family received a proof of life and was informed that Alaa has resumed drinking water as of 12 November. For latest updates, follow @FreedomforAlaa on twitter.

Who is Alaa?

Alaa Abdel-Fattah is a British-Egyptian writer, human rights defender and software developer. He was one of the leading voices and campaigners during the 25 January 2011 revolution. He has been published in numerous outlets; is well-known for founding a prominent Arabic blog aggregator; and has been involved in a number of citizen journalism initiatives. His book, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated, which compiles some of his deeply influential writings, has received widespread acclaim. 

 

What happened?

Alaa has been arrested under every Egyptian head of state during his lifetime. He is currently in detention following an unfair trial on spurious charges that relate to his human rights advocacy. On 2 April 2022, Alaa embarked on an open-ended hunger strike as a last bid for freedom. After more than 200 days of partial hunger strike, Alaa announced that, as of 1 November 2022, he is stopping his previous 100-calorie intake and moving to a full hunger strike. Alaa also decided that on 6 November 2022, coinciding with the beginning of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, he will start a water strike. This means that if he is not released, Alaa will die before the end of COP27. 

 

“If one wished for death then a hunger strike would not be a struggle. If one were only holding onto life out of instinct then what’s the point of a strike? If you’re postponing death only out of shame at your mother’s tears then you’re decreasing the chances of victory….I’ve taken a decision to escalate at a time I see as fitting for my struggle for my freedom and the freedom of prisoners of a conflict they’ve no part in, or they’re trying to exit from; for the victims of a regime that’s unable to handle its crises except with oppression, unable to reproduce itself except through incarceration.”
Alaa, in a letter to his family announcing escalation of his hunger strike.

What do we want?

Over 100 organisations and groups urgently call on:

  1. the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Alaa Abdel Fattah and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights
  2. the British authorities to intervene to secure the release of their fellow citizen Alaa Abdel Fattah so that he be allowed to travel to the UK, as his health is deteriorating to a critical and life-threatening point
  3. the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to publicly reiterate its call on Egypt to immediately release Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed el-Baqer, and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights
  4. UN Special Procedures to publicly reiterate their call on Egypt to immediately release Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed el-Baqer and Mohamed “Oxygen” Ibrahim Radwan and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights
  5. all government leaders and business leaders going to COP27 to use all possible leverage and urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Alaa Abdel Fattah and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights
  6. civil society organisations, groups and activists going to COP27 to urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Alaa Abdel Fattah and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights

 

What can you do?

Your solidarity is urgently needed. Here are three quick and impactful actions you can take right now: 

  1. Click to tweet at world leaders to intervene urgently for his release
  2. Sign & Share the petition
  3. Follow @FreedomforAlaa on twitter
  4. Write to your MP in the United Kingdom

Thank you for expressing your support to Alaa and his family.

 

Additional resources

Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s life at serious risk: demand Egypt to immediately release him now!

ISHR joins dozens of organisations calling on Egypt to immediately release HRDs Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed el-Baqer and Mohamed “Oxygen” Ibrahim Radwan and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their rights.

You Have Not Yet Been Defeated

Powerful ideas of protest and freedom of expression from the world-reknown Egyptian political prisoner and activist.