2022-11-15 11:36:03

Hossam Bahgat on the "Full-Scale Human Rights Crisis" in Egypt as Country Hosts COP27

Broadcasting from COP27, the U.N. climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, we speak to leading Egyptian human rights advocate and journalist Hossam Bahgat about how authorities have launched a widespread crackdown on political dissent. Hundreds have been arrested, including lawyers and journalists, and police have been stopping people randomly on the streets of Cairo and other cities to search the contents of their phones. Meanwhile, imprisoned British Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah has sent a letter notifying his family that he has stopped his hunger strike and asked for them to visit on Thursday. Bahgat disagreed with calls to boycott COP27, and gained entry by asking a foreign environmental group to include him. "Sustained engagement with the Egyptian government in public and private about its catastrophic human rights record can actually lead to some change," says Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

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