The family of imprisoned Egyptian human rights activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah has been staging a sit-in outside the British foreign office to demand the government help release him. El-Fattah, who was recently granted British citizenship, has been on hunger strike for over 200 days to protest being held in harsh conditions during his seemingly endless jail sentence in Egypt. "We're not sure how much time is left. We're not sure how much his body can take," says his sister, Sanaa Seif. Meanwhile, Egypt is preparing to host world leaders next month at the U.N.'s annual climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, a move that prominent environmentalist and author Naomi Klein calls "greenwashing." While the government embraces superficial causes to mitigate climate change such as recycling or solar panels, "what is not welcome would be pointing out this enormous lucrative network of deals that the military itself is engaged in that are linked to fossil fuels, that are linked to destroying remaining green space in cities like Cairo," says Klein. She adds that the international community should seize the opportunity to pressure Egypt into releasing its imprisoned political prisoners, who face brutal conditions.
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