Software developer and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has been imprisoned in the Maximum Security Wing 2 of the Tora Prison Complex for the last three months. He was arrested by national security agents on the morning of September 29 as he was leaving Dokki Police Station where he had been forced to spend 12 hours every night — from 6 pm to 6 am — as part of his probation since his release from prison at the end of March after serving a five-year sentence.
Monday, November 18th, 2019
Today is Alaa’s 38th birthday! Since he continues to be held in a maximum security prison in Cairo, we are calling on our friends—and the world—to celebrate him.
Alaa’s work, activism and thought has always centred on solidarity, openness and inclusive movement building. The fact that he has been arrested again is proof that these principles are the biggest threat facing our interconnecting regimes.
From 1976 to 1984, Argentina witnessed a period of state terrorism during which the military junta “disappeared” some 30,000 people and stole five hundred children from mothers who had been kidnapped. Mothers took to the streets to search for their children. 128 grandchildren have been found and all the officials have been tried.
Today they stood with a #FreeAlaa banner in solidarity with Alaa Abd El Fattah and all of Egypt's jailed generation.
New York, September 28, 2018--At a panel discussion held today during the U.N. General Assembly, the Committee to Protect Journalists denounced several countries for imprisoning journalists, and others for failing to admonish those that do. The event highlighted global press freedom challenges, with specific emphasis on Myanmar, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Kyrgyzstan.
Abdelfattah, a prominent blogger and activist who has written about politics and human rights violations for numerous outlets, including the independent al-Shorouk newspaper and the progressive Mada Masr news website, is serving a five-year prison sentence for organizing an illegal protest and assaulting a police officer. Abdelfattah denies the charges.
Ahmed Naji, London Review of Books
** UPDATE: PEN is deeply concerned by recent reports that Abd El Fattah and other prisoners at Tora Prison Complex B (where Abd El Fattah is imprisoned) are not allowed to receive any books, apart from textbooks for study purposes.
Free software developer and activist, Egypt
Arrested: November 28, 2013, Cairo
Held at: Tora Prison
Physically assaulted at arrest; denied books and media in prison
Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its seventy-fifth session, 18-27 April 2016
Opinion No. 6/2016 concerning Alaa Ahmed Seif al Islam Abd El Fattah (Arab Republic of Egypt)
It's been a year since the imprisonment of Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, an icon of the Egyptian revolution, for his activism. Alaa was slapped a five year prison sentence for allegedly taking part in a protest and “assaulting a policeman and stealing his walkie talkie.” He was also fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds (13,000 US dollars).
How are you?
I miss you terribly and feel horrible about not having written for so long. But I haven’t been able to write much at all in general. I’m angry at words for how little they tell. I’m also angry at words because they worked so well for me before, and now I feel every word I draw upon carries a bit of the naivety that I have always harbored. So I am angry at them for not being able to grow up, to expand with the cynicism that has filled me.
July 20th 2015
A report by observers from the Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) commissioned by EuroMed Rights to monitor hearings held in a criminal case brought by the General-Prosecutor of Egypt against Alaa Abd El-Fattah (a renowned pro-reform and democracy activist) and 22 other persons concludes that Alaa Abd El-Fattah did not receive a fair trial.
We, the undersigned writers, artists, publishers and academics who participated in the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), have been following the case of Egyptian activist and PalFest 2012 participant Alaa Abd El Fattah. We are deeply concerned by the 11 June decision of the Cairo criminal court to sentence him and 24 others in absentia to 15 years in prison (Report, 12 June).
The military “interim government” in Egypt is cracking down on virtually all meaningful form of assembly, association, or opposition.
Following the passage of a November 2013 law banning peaceful protest, dozens of activists and organizers have been sent to prison. Among them is Alaa Abd El Fattah, software guru, blogger and political activist.
I don’t really remember meeting Alaa. I just remember that, from the first moment I saw him, how obvious his presence was. We were sitting in a room in Budapest talking to a group of academics about something or other, something about activism, and everything they said was wrong, in Alaa’s view. He raised his voice across the table, and I was struck by his boldness.
Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah one of at least 27 people currently charged under Egypt’s new anti-protest law
Egypt is facing a growing crackdown on political protest and dissent under the cover of a new law designed to effectively ban protest in Egypt.
28th November 2013
Index number: MDE 12/071/2013
Egyptian security forces arrested and beat dozens of protesters on 26 November 2013 in the capital, Cairo. At least 24 are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of assembly and expression. The arrests came two days after Egypt’s President approved a repressive new protest law.
A joint statement: more than 47 protesters were arrested, including nine members of "No to Military Trials for Civilians" group, two of whom are members of The National Community of Human Rights. All were arrested for demonstrating peacefully against the sanctioning of military trials in the current draft constitution
Jack Shenker, the Guardian
Protesters in more than 20 cities worldwide are preparing to take action against Egypt's military junta, as part of a global day of solidarity to "defend the Egyptian revolution".