Human rights is still in the spotlight at COP27
Day four of jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah’s hunger- and water-strike continues to make human rights one of the big issues in Sharm El Sheikh: The leaders of France, Germany and the UK have all called on authorities to release Abdel Fattah this week and Politico reports that US President Joe Biden will bring up the issue when he arrives here tomorrow.
Abdel Fattah’s hunger strike is the singular issue in the conversation on Egypt (as opposed to climate change) in the international press. See: AFP | BBC | Washington Post | Foreign Policy | Deutsche Welle | The Hill | The Economist | Vice | Guardian
Also making headlines:
- The cost of the green river: Egypt is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world but is planning to pump bns of liters of water into the desert to create a “green river” in the heart of the new administrative capital. (CNN)
- A rare find: Non-COP news. Archaeologists discovered a hidden tunnel underneath a tomb near Alexandria that they say could lead to the long-lost tomb of Queen Cleopatra. (Newsweek)